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Andrea Solario: 'A Man with a Pink'

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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.

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