This portrait was once believed to show a Venetian senator. An early work, it was probably painted at the time of Solario's residence in Venice, and before his first documented work of 1495.

The hands are as carefully observed as the head, and are prominent in the composition. The right hand carries a pink or carnation, as was common in betrothal portraits, while the left hand, decorated with a ring on the thumb, draws attention to the sash over the sitter's right shoulder.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1465 - 1524
Full title
A Man with a Pink
Date made
about 1495
Medium and support
Oil and egg on poplar
Dimensions
49.5 x 38.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1875
Inventory number
NG923
Location in Gallery