Gaetano De Simone – Portrait of the Astronomer Giuseppe Cassella

Gaetano de Simone Naples 1747–circa 1822  Portrait of the astronomer Giuseppe Cassella (Cusano Mutri 1755-Naples 1808)  1789  Oil on canvas, 66 × 52 cm  Signed and dated on the back of the frame, top: “Gaetano De Simone 1789 Napoli”; lower left: “Gaetano De Simoni”  Provenance: Italy, private collection    Gaetano De Simone was rediscovered only recently as a protagonist of aristocratic Neapolitan…