Portrait of a Man

North Italian Painter (late 16th century)

Oil on copper
Diameter 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Provenance

    Holzer; [Piero Tozzi, New York, until 1917; sold to Kleinberger]; [Kleinberger, New York, 1917, as by Moroni; sold to Friedsam]; Michael Friedsam, New York (1917–d. 1931)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Michael Friedsam Collection," November 15, 1932–April 9, 1933, no catalogue.

  • References

    Bernard Berenson in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 60, calls it north Italian and dates it toward 1600; notes a similarity to the work of Sofonisba Anguissola but believes a firm attribution is unwarranted.

    Bryson Burroughs and Harry B. Wehle. "The Michael Friedsam Collection: Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, section 2 (November 1932), pp. 41–42, no. 70 or 71, date it about 1600.

    Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 165, dates it late sixteenth century.

    Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 226, 527, 607, as by an unknown Italian painter of the sixteenth century.

    Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Unpublished manuscript for catalogue of North Italian paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. n.d. [ca. 1980], date it late sixteenth century; call it probably Lombard, but note that there are similarities to Anguissola and add that it could also be the work of a northern artist imitating the Italian style.

  • Notes

    Cleaning in 1994 uncovered the sitter's right hand holding the lace handkerchief.

  • See also
    In the Museum