Portraits

By Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Poldi Pezzoli Museum hosts a fantastic collection of portraits. Actually, a portrait, the profile of a young lady by Piero del Pollaiuolo has become its symbol. Today over sixty portraits are on show in the Museum rooms, they are mainly paintings.

Portrait of a Man (1450 ca.) by Andrea MantegnaMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

The profile portrait refers to the classical model of the antique medal, popular in the 15th century. The realistic rendering of clothes’ details and of faces’ features derives from Flemish art. 

Portrait of young Woman (Around 1470) by Piero del PollaioloMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

Portrait of Giovanni Francesco Brivio (Around 1495) by Vincenzo FoppaMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

Portrait of a Man - Front (circa 1502) by Andrea Previtali called CordeliaghiMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

These half-length portraits, different from each other, have in common the frontal pose. While the profile evokes detachment, the frontal pose allows us to look in the eyes of the sitter.

Portrait of a Woman know as The Courtesan, Jacopo Palma the Elder, Around 1520, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of Cardinale Carlo de' Medici, Justus Sustermans, 1650 circa, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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The Knight in Black (1567) by Giovanni Battista MoroniMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

In full-length portraits the clothes became more and more important. They speak about the status of the sitter and are very useful because they help in dating the artworks.

Portrait of a Jesuit Missionary, Jusepe de Ribera called Lo Spagnoletto, 1638, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of a Gentleman (1730 - 1740) by Rosalba CarrieraMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli was fond not only of the Renaissance artists but also of the 18th century painters. Relevant is the Museum group of portraits by Vittore Ghislandi, called Fra Galgario. Among them, the famous Portrait of a knight of the Constantinian order

Portrait of a Knight of the Costantinian Order (around 1740) by Vittore Ghislandi called Fra GalgarioMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

Portrait of a Young Man (L'allegrezza), Vittore Ghislandi called Fra Galgario, 1710 - 1720, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of a Gentleman, Vittore Ghislandi also know as Fra Galgario, 1725 circa, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of a Gentleman, Vittore Ghislandi also know as Fra Galgario, 1720 - 1730, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of a Priest, Vittore Ghislandi also know as Fra Galgario, attributed to, 18th century, first quarter, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of Giovanni Francesco Albani, Vittore Ghislandi also know as Fra Galgario, 1700 - 1710, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Self Portrait in a Group of Friend (1827) by Francesco HayezMuseo Poldi Pezzoli

The selfportrait genre is wonderfully represented by two works by Francesco Hayez, who also painted the portrait of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, welcoming the visitors at the Museum entrance.

Self-portrait with Tiger and Lion, Francesco Hayez, 1831, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Portrait of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, Francesco Hayez, 1851, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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