Portrait of the poet Raffaele Zovenzoni (the poet laureate)

Giovanni Bellini1467 approx.

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

  poet Raffaele Zovenzoni from Trieste is depicted in the style of the ideal
  humanistic portrait, in three-quarter view, his hair bound by a wreath of
  myrtle and in ancient dress.
  The dark background and the light that illuminates the gaze of reflections reveal the influence of Flemish models and the volumes of the face are accentuated by a pungent linearism. The occasion of the portrait was probably the crowning of Zovenzoni as poet laureate by the emperor Frederick III in 1467.


  • Title: Portrait of the poet Raffaele Zovenzoni (the poet laureate)
  • Creator: Giovanni Bellini
  • Date Created: 1467 approx.
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 32 x 28 cm
  • Provenance: Malachia De Cristoforis inheritance, 1876
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Ritratto del poeta Raffaele Zovenzoni (Il poeta laureato)
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Date: 1516
  • Artist Birth Place: Venice
  • Artist Birth Date: 1432 approx.

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