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Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

c. 1510s

Bartolomeo Veneto

(Italian, 1531)

Oil on wood, transferred to wood

Framed: 74.9 x 57.8 x 11.1 cm (29 1/2 x 22 3/4 x 4 3/8 in.); Unframed: 39.4 x 29.2 cm (15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.539

Description

This young man is possibly a member of the Sforza household, the ruling family of Milan during the Renaissance. He wears a plaquette on his hat indicating his nobility and status. This medallion depicts an actual work by Andrea Riccio (1470–1532), an artist whose work is represented in the museum's collection. The medallion illustrates an allegory of fortune and virtue personified by a winged woman and a child.

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