Portrait of an Olivetan Monk

Attributed to Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi Italian

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The sitter in this portrait is an Olivetan monk, a branch of the Benedictines. He is surrounded by his writing materials: inkwell, quills, a scraping knife, a seal and red wax, as well as a packet of letters and a book closed with a clasp. The identities of both the artist and sitter are open to question. The artist may be the Sienese Baldassare Peruzzi (1481–1536), or the Venetian Battista Franco (ca. 1510–1561); both worked in Rome and were influenced by Raphael and Sebastiano del Piombo. The sitter must have been an important member of the order, and the names of two abbots have been suggested.

Portrait of an Olivetan Monk, Attributed to Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi (Italian, Ancaiano 1481–1536 Rome), Oil on canvas

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