A Man with a Pair of Dividers (?)

The identity of the sitter is uncertain. It was once thought that the dividers (?) suggested a mathematician, alive around 1494, who is said to have taught perspective to Giovanni Bellini and Carpaccio. However, the sitter could be Gentile's brother, Giovanni, as he looked in the last years of the 15th century.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1460; died 1507
Full title
A Man with a Pair of Dividers (?)
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
69.2 x 59.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1886
Inventory number
Location in Gallery