Portrait of a Man in Profile

The sitter has sometimes been regarded as a portrait of the Bolognese poet Gerolamo Casioa whom Boltraffio befriended during his stay in that city in 1500-2 and whose sonnets contain references to the painter. Several likenesses of Casio exist by Boltraffio and others, but none resembles the present work sufficiently to confirm this sitter's identity. The convention of portraiture in strict profile seems to have been especially strong in Milan where Boltraffio worked. This portrait can be compared with a donor portrait by Boltraffio in an altarpiece in Paris (Louvre), probably of 1500.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1467 - 1516
Full title
Portrait of a Man in Profile
Date made
probably about 1500
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
57.5 x 43 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery