Francesco Spicuzza

Little Mary Spicuzza, 1903
Oil on canvas
20 x 16.13 in
SKU: 12594c

In this haunting yet adoring portrait, Francesco Spicuzza presents to the viewer his niece Mary. Her young face, probably from when about six years old, emerges from a hazy buildup of brushy glazes of paint. Subtle impasto highlights the features of her face as her eyes gaze directly at the viewer. The overall effect, with the textural buildup of paint, neutral colors, and soft candle lighting, reminds of the late self-portraits of Rembrandt.

20 x 16.13 inches, canvas
27.5 x 23.5 inches, frame
Signed 'F. Spicuzza' lower right
Inscribed "Little Mary Spicuzza by Uncle[?] Frank, 1903" in pencil on reverse of canvas
Housed in the original gold finish wood frame

Overall good condition. Small craquelures throughout canvas surface. Some dust accumulation and yellowed backing paper on reverse. Missing two stretcher keys. Please contact us for a full condition report.