Portrait of a Man

Cosimo Rosselli Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

While Rosselli made a habit of inserting the likenesses of his contemporaries into his religious paintings, this is a rare example of an independent portrait. The sitter’s clothing suggests he was a member of the Florentine nobility, possibly even one of the priori, members of government whose uniform was a crimson coat lined with ermine fur. The sitter places his hand on the edge of the frame; Rosselli likely adapted this motif from the Netherlandish portraits of Hans Memling, whose works were commissioned by Italian patrons and exported from Bruges thanks to a well-developed international art market.

Portrait of a Man, Cosimo Rosselli (Italian, Florence 1440–1507 Florence), Tempera on wood

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