An Old Man by a Brazier, Pier Francesco Mola (1612-1666).

Oil on canvas, 95cm by 76cm.

The painting can be read as an allegory of winter, or old age, and subtly captures the coming of the winter of life.

It was almost certainly purchased by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), who recorded it as coming from the Barberini Palace in Rome.

Mola, the son of a painter, lived and worked in Rome for most of his life.

His masterpiece is considered to be his fresco in the Gallery of Alexander VII in the Quirinal Palace in Rome.


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