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Antonello da Messina (c. 1430  February 1479) Portrait of a Man about 1475 Oil on poplar, painted surface 35.6 x 25.4 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: Portrait of a Man
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Antonello da Messina (c. 1430 – February 1479)
Portrait of a Man
about 1475
Oil on poplar, painted surface
35.6 x 25.4 cm
National Gallery, London, UK



Once described as a self portrait (perhaps as a result of the mis-reading of an inscription that is said to have been at the bottom of the picture), the sitter in NG 1141 has not been identified.

Portrait of a Man was probably painted in about 1475; the tradition that it is a self portrait may favour the identification of the picture with that described in the Canonici collection in 1632.

X-radiographs reveal that the eyes were first painted turned the other way, and this (as well as Antonello's normal portrait practice) would make it unlikely that NG 1141 is a self portrait.

Possibly Roberto Canonici collection, Ferrara, by 1632; Molfino collection, Genoa, by 1871; bought (Lewis Fund), 1883.

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