Portrait of a Young Man

Jacometto (Jacometto Veneziano) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

Carefully groomed and clad in black, the arresting young man in this painting was likely a member of one of the noble or humanistic families who patronized Jacometto. His distinctive hairstyle—a zazzera—was fashionable in Venice in the 1480s and 90s. Jacometto’s known works are almost all portraits, including his miniatures, for which he was famous. His body of work remained largely unidentified well into the twentieth century. Some paintings, including this one, had been mistakenly attributed to the Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina, who traveled to Venice in 1475–76 and had a profound influence on Jacometto’s style.

Portrait of a Young Man, Jacometto (Jacometto Veneziano) (Italian, active Venice by ca. 1472–died before 1498), Oil on wood

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