Portrait of Marcello Provenzale
(Rome 1578 - 1630)
Perhaps commissioned directly by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the painting is attributed to Caravaggio in the fidei commissum of 1833. The mosaicist Marcello Provenzale was identified as the subject on the basis of a drawing by Ottavio Leoni. Considered painted by Leoni himself, the portrait presents remarkable stylistic similarities even with some painting of Provenzale himself, like the contemporaneous and better-known portrait of Paul V, on display in the Galleria.
Medium | oil on canvas, cm 66 x 50
Inventory | 96
Room 8 – Silenus Room
Period | '600
Classification | painting