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Portraits of Giuliano and Francesco Giamberti da Sangallo

Piero di Cosimo1482/1485

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

This diptych shows a leading Florentine architect, Giuliano da Sangallo with his late father Francesco, also an architect and a musician. These are early examples of portraits in which the subject's profession plays a key role. Here a pen and dividers suggest architecture, a melody in note form suggests music; in both disciplines, harmony and proportion are essential.

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