A Portrait of a Monk, North Italian School, 17th Century.

Oil on canvas, 118cm by 81cm.

In 1738 Charles VII, King of Naples and Sicily commenced the building of a large new palace in Naples.

This was partly to house the immense Farnese art collection which he had just inherited from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese, the last member of the ducal family of Parma.

The painting, which bears the Royal mark, was apparently stolen when the Royal Collection was transferred from Parma to Naples.

REFERENCE: PIC336

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