Sometimes the oddest characters hang around together in the paintings conservation lab because of our work flow. Here Eleonora, Francesco and Friedrich are joined by a Turkish pageboy and his pink cockatoo. That’s “Portrait of Eleonora of Toledo and Her Son, Don Francesco” by Agnolo Bronzino, painted around 1550, “Friedrich Billiods” by an anonymous American artist, painted around 1847, and “The Turkish Page (Unexpected Intrusion)” by William Merritt Chase, painted in 1876. We’d love to know what they have to say to each other….
Bronzino (acc. no. 1927.381): Bequest of Mary M. Emery
American School (acc. no. 2015.166): Gift of Cornelius Hauck
Chase (acc. no. 1923.763): Gift of the John Levy Galleries