Portrait of a Man
Antonello da Messina - circa 1472-1476
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This portrait of an unknown sitter is one of around a dozen autograph portraits by Antonello. The sitter is situated against a dark background; his face highlighted dramatically. He is arranged in three-quarter length and looks at the viewer with a penetrating gaze. Details such as stubble and hair are rendered with precision. The outlines are delicate and the modelling of the features is typical of Italian art. The portrait is signed (on the parapet). It is understood that Antonello learnt the art of painting figures from van Eyck on a trip to Flanders. Antonello was the most important artist of the Sicilian School.
Owner/Location: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza -Madrid  (Spain - Madrid)
Dates: circa 1472-1476
Artist age:Approximately 46 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 27.5 cm (10.83 in.), Width: 21 cm (8.27 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on panel
Entered by: Member kohn1fox on 25 November 2013.
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