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Callisto Piazza, Portrait of a Man

Key facts
Full title Portrait of a Man
Artist Callisto Piazza
Artist dates about 1500 - 1561/2
Date made about 1528
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 76 × 58.7 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Inventory number NG2096
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of a Man
Callisto Piazza

This portrait may depict Ghirardo Averoldi, a nobleman from Brescia in northern Italy. He regards us with a frown, and the solid triangular form of his body, swathed in his black silk and velvet costume, makes him appear stern and powerful. The large collar of the coat and the shape of the sleeves and cap suggest that it was painted about 1528–9.

An inscription formerly on the back read ‘Ettore Averoldi Brescia 1865’, probably meaning that it once belonged to or was bought from Ettore Averoldi in that year. Averoldi also sold an altarpiece by Romanino to the National Gallery in 1865.

For many years this was believed to be the portrait of Ghirardo Averoldi by Romanino referred to in a guidebook to Brescia published in 1853. However, it is more likely that it is by Callisto Piazza, a follower of Romanino.

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