Bernardino Licinio

Portrait of a Man

c. 1520
Including a landscape in a portrait was common by the sixteenth century. The view beyond the moss-covered wall, past the shepherd in the fields to the distant mountains sets the mood: the close and harmonious relation of humankind to Nature. We know nothing about the sitter, but the artist’s focused attention and the evocative setting provoke us to interpret his character. He seems lost in thought, and we must imagine that we have caught him in a moment of introspection in which he reveals something of his true self.
Title
Portrait of a Man
Date
c. 1520
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on wood, likely poplar
Dimensions
92.3 x 74.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1925
Accession number
3338