Giorgione (circle of) - inv. 4579
The painting shows a young gentleman half-length, dressed in a cape edged in fur and holding a fur beret in his hand. His right hand is clothed in a leather glove, cut following the fashion of the time to leave room for a ring on the index finger. His other fingers are bent and it looks as though he is holding an instrument or a weapon.
This is a remarkably charming painting. Its quality recalls Venetian art of the first decades of the sixteenth century, similar to the work of Giorgione or the young Titian. The anonymous artist takes up the innovations introduced by Giorgione in an original way, although differing from the master in the greater control in the psychological and formal rendering. At the same time, the work also evokes the young Titian’s monumental volumes and rich colouring.
Unfortunately, the overall abraded condition of the paint surface, undoubtedly caused by over-cleaning in the past, has completely removed the original ‘skin’ of the work, making it very difficult to make a more precise attribution.