Portrait of a Young Man
Sitting in the occhio e mezzo (eye and a half) pose, also known as a three-quarter view, this unidentified young man wears his hair in the Venetian shoulder-length (zazzera) style. His dark cloak and berretto, or cap, and the tenebrous background emphasize his facial features—pale skin, aquiline nose, and full lips—as well as his auburn hair. Bellini places the figure behind a parapet, a compositional device originally derived from Flemish portrait traditions. Demonstrating his great technical facility, Bellini carefully paints a folded sheet of paper, or cartellino, which he signs in Latin.
Tempera with oil glazes on panel
10 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (26.7 x 21.3 cm)
Frame: 15 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (39.4 x 34.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed center bottom on cartellino: "IOHANNES BELLINUS"
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Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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Giovanni Bellini (Italian, Venetian, active by 1459, died 1516). Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1480. Tempera with oil glazes on panel, 10 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (26.7 x 21.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.804
x-ray, CONS.32.804_1940_xrs.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1940
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