Portrait of a Gentleman

A work made of oil, probably with some tempera, on panel; transferred to canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of oil, probably with some tempera, on panel; transferred to canvas.

Date:

c. 1505

Artist:

Ridolfo Ghirlandaio
Italian, 1483-1561

About this artwork

Ridolfo Ghirlandaio transformed the large workshop he inherited from his famous, fresco-painter father, Domenico, into one that specialized in portraits and festival decorations. One of Ridolfo’s most celebrated pictures, this work reveals his careful study of the portraits of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael in its calm, pyramidal, and expansive presentation of the sitter and in its active, searching light. The foreground parapet, or ledge, over which a hand projects illusionistically into the viewer’s space and the glimpse of landscape through the window are devices Ridolfo borrowed from Flemish painting. The headpiece (cappuccio) and fur-cuffed robe of the unidentified sitter were customary apparel for well-to-do Florentine merchants.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 205

Artist

Ridolfo Ghirlandaio

Title

Portrait of a Gentleman

Origin

Italy

Date

1500–1510

Medium

Oil, probably with some tempera, on panel; transferred to canvas

Dimensions

68.2 × 49.2 cm (26 11/16 × 19 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1009

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share