Portrait of a Man

Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d'Agnolo) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 612

This is probably the "natural seeming and very beautiful" portrait of a canon from Pisa Cathedral that Giorgio Vasari describes in his biography of Andrea. The canon was a close friend of the artist during his last years and helped him to secure his last commissions. Holding tightly to a small prayer book, or book of hours, the sitter steadies his gaze on the viewer. Andrea was the leading painter in early sixteenth-century Florence, known for his engaging naturalism and technical brilliance. The portrait was painted not long before he died of the plague in 1530.

Portrait of a Man, Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d'Agnolo) (Italian, Florence 1486–1530 Florence), Oil on canvas, transferred from wood

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