This painting is part of the group: Two Expressive Heads
In the 18th century a number of Italian genre artists painted sitters suffering from afflictions. This sitter's neck is disfigured by a goitre. The painting is not by the artist Giacomo Francesco Cipper, but it shows his influence in both subject matter and technique. It is one of a pair with 'Head of a Man in Red', also in the National Gallery collection.
Other paintings in this group: Two Expressive Heads
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN