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Portrait of Petrarch

Bonsignori Francesco, copy after
(Verona c. 1460 - Caldiero 1519)

The painting, long thought to the work of Holbein and then variously attributed, can be considered a derivation of a lost prototype by Francesco Bonsignori. Unfortunately, there are very few surviving works by the Veronese painter, known for a busy career as a portraitist. The subject, as the inscription on the parapet attests, is the poet Petrarch (1303–1374), depicted in profile and standing out against the light.

Object Details

Medium | oil on canvas, cm 34 x 22,5

Inventory | 426

Location | Room 13 – Fame Room

Period | '500

Classification | painting


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