The portrait is greatly influenced by Leonardo da Vinci. The identification of the sitter is traditional – the scroll identifies him as 20 years old.

The cryptic monogram, apparently composed of the letters AMPRF, has been taken to mean Am(brosius) Pr(eda) Fecit - 'Ambrogio de Predis made this' - but Predis painted in a different style, making this interpretation unlikely.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
documented from 1487; died 1524
Full title
Portrait of a Man aged 20 ('The Archinto Portrait')
Date made
1494
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
Dimensions
53.3 x 38.1 cm
Inscription summary
Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1898
Inventory number
NG1665
Location in Gallery