Portrait of Girolamo Fracastoro

Born in Verona, Fracastoro was a celebrated medical doctor, as well as an astronomer, mathematician and poet.

He acquired great fame for being the first to identify the disease syphilis. The painting of his spotted lynx coat is particularly arresting.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1506; died 1576
Full title
Portrait of Girolamo Fracastoro
Date made
about 1528
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
84 x 73.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG3949
Location in Gallery