A Young Man

Piero di Cosimoc.1500

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

"Piero was the son of a jeweller, but was named after his godfather and master in painting, Cosimo Rosselli. In 1481-82 he worked as a pupil of Rosselli in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Placing the portrait in a landscape was a frequent Florentine practice and the convention survived for a long time. The picture is somewhat damaged and has been cut down on all four sides, then enlarged with an addition at the bottom (now concealed by the frame). Recent conservation has revealed the intensity of the jewel-like colouring and made sense of the sitter’s costume, previously marred by overpaint applied to disguise the later addition."

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  • Title: A Young Man
  • Date: c.1500
  • Physical Dimensions: w405 x h387 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Italian
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Noel Desenfans, 1804-1807: 1804 Insurance List, no. 69, as by Leonardo da Vinci); London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: The panel is a fragment made up with an addition at the bottom (at present concealed by the frame). Attributed in 1813 to Leonardo da Vinci and later to Boltraffio, the attribution to Piero di Cosimo seems now to be generally accepted, although Bacci expresses reservations. A date in the first years of the sixteenth century seems probable.
  • Artist: Piero di Cosimo
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)


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