Attributed to Gaspare Traversi (Italian, Neapolitan, ca. 1722–1770)
Fraudulent Imitation of Goya
Oil on canvas
22 x 17 1/2 in. (55.9 x 44.5 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed (falsely, right center): Goya / 1780
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer, New York (1912–d. 1929; purchased in Italy through A. E. Harnisch for £30,000)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The H. O. Havemeyer Collection," March 11–November 2, 1930, no. 63 (as "Head of López," by Goya).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection," March 27–June 20, 1993, no. 301.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Goya in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 12–December 31, 1995, unnumbered cat.
August L. Mayer. "Bildnisse aus dem Kreis des jungen Goya." Monatshefte für Kunstwissenschaft 7 (1914), pp. 385–86, pl. 82, fig. 2, attributes it to Goya; based on the signature, dates it 1775, remarking, however, that the last number is not clearly legible.
"The H. O. Havemeyer Collection." Parnassus 2 (March 1930), p. 4, calls it a portrait of the painter Vicente de López by Goya; suggests that it might be Goya's "revenge" for López's "far from flattering" painting of the artist in the Prado, Madrid.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art. n.p., 1931, pp. 48–49, ill.
Anthony M. Clark. Letter to Katharine Baetjer. February 6, 1975, ascribes this picture to Gaspare Traversi, pointing out, however, that it is "less brilliant and in far worse condition than Paul Ganz's 1770 portrait of a cleric" [now in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples].
Frances Weitzenhoffer. The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America. New York, 1986, p. 258, calls it "style of Goya".
Susan Alyson Stein inSplendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 260, 285, as style of Goya, "Portrait of a Man, said to be the painter Vicente López".
Nicola Spinosa. Letter to Keith Christiansen. April 13, 1993, accepts Anthony Clark's attribution to Traversi [see Ref. Clark 1975].
Gretchen Wold inSplendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 345, no. A301, ill., as style of Goya, "Portrait of a Man, said to be the painter Vicente López".
Susan Alyson Stein inGoya in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1995, pp. 48–49, 54, 63, 68, ill., notes that its attribution was recently changed to Gaspare Traversi, "an assignment that accords not only with its style but its provenance; it was purchased in Italy in 1912".
José Manuel Arnaiz. "Nuevas andanzas de Goya: Falsos y auténticos en el Metropolitan." Galería antiquaria no. 136 (February 1996), pp. 42–43, supports the change of attribution from Goya.