Bartolomeo Bianchini

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). A patron and friend to the artist, he was alive born in 1471, helping us date the painting to the time when he was in his early twenties.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1447 - 1517
Full title
Bartolomeo Bianchini
Date made
about 1493-5
Medium and support
Oil on wood
56.5 x 40.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery