Portrait of the surgeon Enea Fioravanti

Daniele CrespiAfter 1625

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

The epigraph on the back of the painting tells us the
  identity of the sitter and the name of the artist. Among the works of this genre, the portrait is
  certainly one of Crespi's best works. The
  lack of surroundings and decorative details, together with the typical
  front-facing half-length setting, allow the viewer to focus on the quality of
  the painting. The man’s face is realistic: an antihero, aware of what his
  task entails, holding a skull, symbol of "memento mori".


  • Title: Portrait of the surgeon Enea Fioravanti
  • Creator: Daniele Crespi
  • Date Created: After 1625
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 74 x 57 cm
  • Provenance: Ida Seletti inheritance 1915
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Ritratto del chirurgo Enea Fioravanti
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Place: Milan
  • Artist Death Date: 1630
  • Artist Birth Place: Milan (?)
  • Artist Birth Date: 1597 approx.

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