Giovanni Cristoforo Longoni

The sitter is identified from the letter he holds, which is addressed to 'Nobili Joanna Christophoro Longono Amico'. He is known to have been resident in Milan from 1494-98. The parapet bears an inscription meaning 'You know not what sort of person you were or will be; devote much time to an earnest effort to see what sort of person you are'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1465 - 1524
Full title
Giovanni Cristoforo Longoni
Date made
1505
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
Dimensions
79 x 60.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1863
Inventory number
NG734
Location in Gallery