That the sitter has yet to be confirmed is all the more puzzling given the picture’s impeccable detail and specificity of execution. The artist reproduces the face of the handsome young nobleman with naturalistic precision, conveying the shape of his lips, almond eyes and sharp nose with careful individuality. The strict linearity of the face and clothing call to mind certain north Italian painters who took Germanic and Netherlandish contemporaries as a technical point of departure. In this respect, examples by Bartolomeo Veneto and Bernardino Campi may serve as close comparisons for identification for this beguiling and beautiful portrait.
1. In private correspondence, Dr. Hermann Voss previously proposed an attribution to Dosso Dossi.
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