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In late fifteenth-century Venice, a striking style of portraiture – derived from Netherlandish portraiture – was being popularised in the city by the Sicilian artist Antonello da Messina; this is a typical example of it. The dark background, the three-quarter pose and the sharp lighting used here were key features of the style.
Portrait of an Elderly Man
Tempera on wood
H 41.9 x W 29.8 cm