Portrait of a Poet

The painting has been supposed to represent a poet for the figure has a book in his hands and there are laurels (with which poets were crowned) behind him. It probably dates from about 1516 when the poem 'Orlando Furioso' was published and achieved instantaneous fame, and so has been proposed as a portrait of the author, Lodovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533).

Ingres's 'Angelica saved by Ruggiero', in the Collection depicts a subject from Ariosto's work.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1528
Full title
Portrait of a Poet
Date made
about 1516
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood, 1857, remounted on wood, 1916
83.8 x 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery