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A man carries a pink, or carnation, in his right hand. It was the custom for a bride to hide a pink in her clothes on her wedding day. Its presence here, along with the large blue and gold ring on the man’s left thumb, suggests that the portrait commemorates his marriage.
Venice in the 1490s was at the centre of innovations in portraiture thanks to the adoption of new techniques and ideas from contemporary Netherlandish painting. Solario has painted the man in the latest fashion using a three-quarter, rather than profile, pose set against the background of a green valley.
A Man with a Pink
Oil and egg on poplar
H 49.5 x W 38.5 cm