The sitter was a Bolognese of noble family. The writing on the letter identifies the sitter as Bartolomeo Bianchini of Bologna ('Bononiae'), the city where Francia worked as a painter and goldsmith. Bianchini was a humanist scholar of noble family; he was esteemed by his contemporaries but left few writings (e.g. 'Vita di Codro', 1502). He was alive in 1497 and died before 1528. He commissioned other works from the artist and there is evidence that he was friendly with Francia. The painting is likely to date from the 1490s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1450 - 1517/18
Full title
Bartolomeo Bianchini
Date made
perhaps about 1485-1500
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
56.5 x 40.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2487
Location in Gallery