The subject is obscure but the wreath worn by the enthroned figures perhaps indicates a poet. There is a hermit high on the rock to the left.

The painting was long considered as the product of Giorgione's studio. More recently it has been suggested that it is an imitation of Giorgione made in about 1540.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1506; died 1510
Full title
Homage to a Poet
Date made
early 16th century
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
59.7 x 48.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1885
Inventory number
NG1173
Location in Gallery