Portrait of a Bearded Cardinal

The sitter has not been identified. This painting remains unrecorded prior to its acquisition. It is thought to be a work of the late 16th or early 17th century; the condition of the picture prevents a more specific appraisal of authorship or quality. It has previously been catalogued as a work in the style of Tintoretto.

X-ray photographs reveal that the portrait is painted over an earlier picture of a beardless man wearing a ruff, possibly of the 16th century.

Key facts

Full title
Portrait of a Bearded Cardinal
Date made
about 1580 and later
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
64.8 x 53.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1855
Inventory number
Location in Gallery