Antonello's 'Portrait of a Man' is probably a relatively late work. It is likely that there was originally a parapet at the base bearing the painter's signature, but this has been removed.

Antonello was one of the first of the Italian artists to learn from Netherlandish art. The attention to detail and intensity of expression in the 'Portrait of a Man' are comparable to Netherlandish portraits. It is Antonello's mastery of oil paint which enables him to achieve these effects.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1456; died 1479
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
about 1475-6
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
Dimensions
35.6 x 25.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
NG1141
Location in Gallery