Portrait of a Man in Armor with Two Pages

Artist: Paris Bordon (Italian, Treviso 1500–1571 Venice)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 46 x 62 in. (116.8 x 157.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1973

Accession Number: 1973.311.1

Description

This painting shows a high-ranking officer with two pages, one of whom, an African, holds his helmet while the other fastens the armor on his right arm. It belongs to a long history of portraits of military men in armor, but the extensive landscape background, with stormy skies over the advancing armies, and the mood of melancholy are unique to Bordon. Although we do not know the identity of the sitter, who may have been Milanese, this work was much esteemed in the seventeenth century, when it was sold to Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici in Florence.

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