Portrait of a Man in Armour

The Palazzo Vecchio, seat of the Florentine government, and Loggia dei Lanzi are depicted behind the sitter. He seems to draw his sword - perhaps to show his eagerness to defend the city.

The view includes Michelangelo's 'David', unveiled on 8 September 1504.

Key facts

Artist dates
1469/70 - 1543
Full title
Portrait of a Man in Armour
Date made
about 1510
Medium and support
Oil on wood
70.5 x 51.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by wish of the late Sir Anthony Coningham Stirling, KCB, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery