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A Man kneels before a Woman in the Courtyard of a Renaissance Palace

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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In the courtyard of this vast and palatial complex of buildings, a woman stands with her young servants. The bright red of her dress and the dark blue of her attendants’ outfits are echoed in the feathers of the parrot that is perched on the pedestal to the right. Two men seemingly demonstrate their devotion to the woman: one kisses the front of her dress while the other, down on one knee, presses his hand to his heart.

The National Gallery, London



A Man kneels before a Woman in the Courtyard of a Renaissance Palace




Oil on copper


H 40.2 x W 69.8 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed Lt-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1837

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