Portrait of a Man

Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537

In painting this fine portrait, which dates about 1497, Fra Bartolomeo took as his model the work of Hans Memling, whose portraits of Florentine merchants in Bruges were well known in Italy. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Bartolomeo had a keen response to nature, drawing landscape views in an album (for example, The Met 57.165; visit metmuseum.org). The inscription with the putative name of the sitter was added later.

Portrait of a Man, Fra Bartolomeo (Bartolomeo di Paolo del Fattorino) (Italian, Florence 1473–1517 Florence), Oil on wood

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