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Portrait of a Musician Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Portrait of a Musician

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

  • TITLE

    : Portrait of a Musician
  • AUTHOR

    : Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  • DATE

    : c. 1485
  • TYPE

    : Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    : Tempera and oil on panel
  • DIMENSIONS

    : 44,7 × 32 cm
  • SUBJECT

    : Portrait
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    : Renaissance
  • ROOM

    : Sala Federiciana

The only painting on panel by Leonardo to have remained in Milan, this portrait was traditionally thought to depict Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan. In 1905, when restoration work removed the overpainting and uncovered the hand with a musical scroll in the lower part, it was suggested that this was the portrait of a Musician, at times identified as Franchino Gaffurio, chapel Master of the Duomo of Milan and others the Franco Flemish singer and composer Josquin des Prez, both of whom worked in Milan at the time of Leonardo and Ludovico il Moro. Recently it has also been suggested that it is a portrait of Atalante Migliorotti, a Tuscan musician who was a friend of Leonardo and who came with him to the Duke’s court in Milan as a singer and talented lyrist.

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  • TITLE

    Portrait of a Musician
  • AUTHOR

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  • DATE

    c. 1485
  • TYPE

    Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    Tempera and oil on panel
  • DIMENSIONS

    44,7 × 32 cm
  • SUBJECT

    Portrait
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    Renaissance
  • ROOM

    Sala Federiciana

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