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Portrait of a Man

Fra Sebastiano Luciani (AKA Sebastiano del Piombo; Sebastiano Luciani Piombo; Sebastiano de Lucianis Piombo), Italian, (1485–June 21, 1547)

Creation date: ca. 1516-1520
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel, transferred from panel
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam and commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fine Arts Society
Accession Number: 1950.107
State/Province: Venice
Dimensions: 28 in. x 21 1/2 in. (71.12 cm x 54.61 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Tucher, Vienna, Austria ( - 1907)

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York ( - 1950)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (1950 - 1950)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1950 - )

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Sebastiano del Piombo was one of the leading young artists active in Venice in the years just after 1500. He moved to Rome in 1511, and although his work continued in the Venetian mode, he also incorporated the sculptural forms of Michelangelo, with whom Sebastiano sometimes collaborated. This portrait is rather damaged—the surface layers of paint that once defined the man’s clothing are gone—but Sebastiano’s remarkable ability to capture the personality of his sitters is still apparent. The missing surface layers also make clear that the man was originally painted wearing a hat, although in the final version, he has removed his hat and holds it in his hand. The change makes the portrait seem less an official image and more a study of the man and his personality. The sitter is traditionally identified as Pierfrancesco Borgherini, one of Sebastiano’s most important patrons.
Last Updated: 4/23/2018

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Four Centuries of Venetian Painting Toledo Museum of Art , 3/1/1940 - 3/31/1940

Art of Portraits The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/27/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 185

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 527

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 632

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 68

Michael Hirst. Sebastiano del Piombo Oxford University Press. New York, New York, 1981
Page Number: 83

Michael Hirst. Sebastiano del Piombo Oxford University Press. New York, New York, 1981
Page Number: 115, Figure Number: 115

Rodolfo Pallucchini. Sebastian Viniziano Casa Editrice Mondadori. Milano, Italia, 1944
Page Number: 161

Rodolfo Pallucchini. Sebastian Viniziano Casa Editrice Mondadori. Milano, Italia, 1944
Page Number: 232, Tav. 36

Rodolfo Pallucchini. Sebastian Viniziano Casa Editrice Mondadori. Milano, Italia, 1944
Page Number: 36, Figure Number: 36

Adolfo Venturi. Storia dell'Arte Italiana: Ulrico Hoepli. Milano, Italia, 1928
Page Number: 90-91, Figure Number: 64

Joseph Archer Crowe and G. B. Cavalcaselle. History of Painting in North Italy: John Murray. London, England, 1912
Page Number: 251

Four Centuries of Venetian Painting Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo, Ohio, 1940
Page Number: cat. no. 44, Figure Number: 44

Mr. Roberto Contini. Sebastiano del Piombo, 1485 + 1547 Federico Motta Editore, S.p.A.. Milan, Italy, 2008
Page Number: 182

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