Portrait of a Young Man

The sitter is probably Fortunato Martinengo Cesaresco, a scholarly nobleman of Brescia. The painting may date from 1542 when he married. Rare ancient coins and the bronze foot suggest the interests of a scholarly collector and were also fit subjects for melancholy reflection. 'Alas, I desire too much' is written in Greek upon his cap badge.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1498 - 1554
Full title
Portrait of Count Fortunato Martinengo Cesaresco (?)
Date made
about 1540-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
114 x 94.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1858
Inventory number
Location in Gallery