Portrait of a Man - Front

Andrea Previtali called Cordeliaghicirca 1502

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Milano, Italy

This impressive portrait has been attributed to the early career of Andrea Previtali, a painter from the Bergamo area called Cordeliaghi because he was the son of a dealer in threads (corde) and needles (aghi). The artist trained in Giovanni Bellini’s Venetian workshop, at a time when the influence of Antonello da Messina was still dominant, as clear in this painting.

On the back a Latin inscription (“This is the beauty, this the form that remains. This law is the same for all.”) and a skull, warn against the vanity of earthly beauty; almost a counterpoint to the intense vitality of the gaze of the man on the front.

The panel, datable to about 1502, was originally set in a frame which probably rested on a rotating support, as indicated by the fact that the skull is upside down in relation to the portrait.


  • Title: Portrait of a Man - Front
  • Creator: Andrea Previtali called Cordeliaghi
  • Creator Lifespan: 1470 - 1528
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Death Place: Bergamo
  • Creator Birth Place: Berbenno (BG)
  • Date Created: circa 1502
  • Physical Dimensions: w18 x h23.8 cm
  • Rights: Fondazione artistica Poldi Pezzoli "Onlus"
  • External Link: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/en/node/887
  • Medium: Panel

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