Portrait of a Man

This portrait formerly belonged to the Avogadro Collection in Brescia and it probably represents Gerolamo Avogadro (died 1534). Dated on the step (bottom right), it is the earliest known independent life-size full-length portrait produced in Italy.

The distant gaze of the sitter and the amplitude of the costume recall the tradition of Venetian portraiture as developed by Giorgione and the young Titian in the early years of the 16th century. A Saint Christopher badge is prominently displayed on the gentleman's hat.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1498 - 1554
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
201 x 92.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery