As you know, in this Magazine we like to spotlight some less obvious aspects of a painting rather than just the art works in general.

And so today we’re talking about the tags that often go with the works.

Though these tags escape our notice more often than not, they can actually be quite revealing.

As we can see in our photos, the tags can tell us more than just the artist’s name and the title of the work.

They can tell us about the period, the subject portrayed, and often their origin.

We have famous artists such as Gustave Courbet , Canaletto, Foujita and Francesco Zurbaran.

Gustave Courbet

Have you ever paid attention to the tags under paintings? Do you realize how much they tell us? Come and read our article in the Magazine section of our website.

On Zubaran’s tag we can read “Legato Galliera,” which is the family to which the Duchess of Galliera Maria Brignole Sale De Ferrari belonged.

This prestigious family left its Palais to the city of Paris, which became the Musée Galliera, also known as the Mode de la Ville de Paris Museum.

Francesco Zurbaran

Another tag is in Cyrillic characters,


and another is about the Queen of France and Navarre, Marie-Catherine Sophie Félicité Leczinska,

Queen of France and Navarre

and one is of a marble bust of the Roman Emperor Trajan.

Roman Emperor Trajan

There is only one modern one, but it’s from a very important painter: Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita.

Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita

The tag under a painting by Canaletto is quite moving, something of a dedication, which I’ll let you see for yourself under the picture.


And last I’d like to tell you about the title photograph. I’m happy to quote Federico Zeri here:

“In the 1920s, when Roberto Longhi had gained a certain fame, their conflict even grew violent. Bernard Berenson was well known as the expert on Sir Joseph Duveen, the most famous antiquarian of the English world, while Longhi was the expert on Alessandro Contini, the greatest Italian antiquarian.”

Here, we are in the midst of a legendary era of international collecting. Formidable collections were formed thanks to masterpieces from Italy, the Bel Paese, which often became museums in many parts of the world.

From now on, we’ll be sure to pay attention to tags because they have a lot to tell us!