Portrait of a Man
While the precise identity of this young man remains unknown, his red cap with upturned brim suggests that he belongs to the Bentivoglio family of Bologna, whose men are frequently portrayed with this accessory. Costa’s service to the brilliant Bentivoglio court in the 1480s further supports this notion. The sitter’s distinctive curls set him apart from known members of the family, however, who are all depicted with straight hair. Whatever the identity of this individual, Costa observed him closely, as can be seen in the rendering of the young man’s cleft chin, fleshiness below the jawline, pouty lips, and attentive gaze.
Tempera and oil on poplar panel
late 15th century
18 7/8 x 13 in. (47.9 x 33 cm)
Frame: 31 x 27 1/4 x 6 in. (78.7 x 69.2 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: trace of the letter "C" on parapet
This item is not on view
Gift of Mrs. Watson B. Dickerman
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Lorenzo Costa (Italian, Ferrarese, 1460-1535). Portrait of a Man, late 15th century. Tempera and oil on poplar panel, 18 7/8 x 13 in. (47.9 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Watson B. Dickerman, 54.193
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