Bonifacio Bembo (workshop of) 16th century
Young man portrait
Tempera on wood
41.5 x 35 cm
Our portrait of a young man can be linked to a set of works produced in Cremona in the second half of the 15th century by the Bembo workshop, and in particular kept at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
This workshop produced a unique set of panels representing portraits of young people. These temperas on wood were originally elements of the ceilings placed in the monastery of Cremona.
Our panel fits perfectly into this series from the Bembo workshop: a young man is depicted three quarters in a niche in a polylobed pointed arch. The irregular shape of the panel evokes its original arrangement, at the junction of the walls and ceilings of the monastery.
The research on proportions and the new conception of the portrait as a representation of the individual make our painting a remarkable work of the first Italian Renaissance.
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