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Portrait of a Young Man
Vincenzo Catena

An unindentified young man dressed plainly in black meets the viewer's gaze. He sits upright and motionless while behind him clouds race across the sky. The composition has been carefully centred so that a vertical line could be drawn straight down the bridge of his nose and through the fastening of his jacket.

The painting has been attributed to Catena for stylistic reasons since 1897. It may be identical with a portrait recorded as the artist's work in 1643. A probable date of about 1510 has been suggested.

Key facts
Artist Vincenzo Catena
Artist dates active 1506 - 1531
Full title Portrait of a Young Man
Date made probably about 1510
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 30.5 x 23.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1882
Inventory number NG1121
Location in Gallery Not on display
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