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Portrait of Catellano Trivulzio

Bernardino de'Conti

European Art

Bernardino paints Catellano Trivulzio with his face in strict profile, much as in an antique medal or coin, but with the bust in a three-quarter view. This composition allowed the artist to display the splendid velvets, furs, and embroideries worn by the members of Trivulzio’s powerful, affluent class. Archival documents describe Catellano as unpopular among his fellow Milanese, perhaps a result of the Trivulzio family’s active role in the French occupation of the city from 1499 to 1512. Bernardino indicates the precise age of his sitter— twenty-six—in a Latin inscription at the top of the work that also includes the date March 13, 1505.
MEDIUM Tempera and oil on panel
  • Place Made: Milan, Italy
  • DATES 1505
    DIMENSIONS 29 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (74 x 56.5 cm) Frame: 54 3/8 x 37 in. (138.1 x 94 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of A. Augustus Healy
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Bernardino de'Conti (Italian, Milanese School, documented 1494-1522). Portrait of Catellano Trivulzio, 1505. Tempera and oil on panel, 29 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (74 x 56.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of A. Augustus Healy, 21.141
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