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Title Portrait of a Man in a Fur Coat
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Attributed to after Sebastiano del Piombo (Italian painter and draftsman, born ca. 1485, died 1547)
Previously attributed to Giorgione (Italian artist, 1477-1510)
Date Earliest possibly about 1550
Date Latest possibly about 1650
Description This painting is one of many versions of a sixteenth-century image. The location of the initial work is unknown. Current opinion believes the original was painted by Sebastiano del Piombo; however, past attributions have often included Giorgione. Both were important artists of the High Renaissance, active in Venice in the early 1600s. There is often confusion regarding Venetian portraiture of this period as to whether paintings depict specific patrons in a fanciful role, or simply characterful 'types'. In this instance the red badge on the sitter's berretta may correspond to the emblem of a specific family.
Current Accession Number Plymm.080
Subject portrait; figure
Measurements 54 x 45 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the Mount Edgcumbe Estate 1988.

For discussion of different versions and attribution see Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte: La Collezione Farnese, Naples, 1995, pp. 50-51.

Recorded in the inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe House (possibly compiled before 1941): (Gallery) 'A man wearing a rough garment and black hat. In his hand he holds a staff. / Size 1'8 1/2 x 1'1 1/2. Painted by Giorgione.' Recorded in 1961 inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe: (S.E. Passage) 'L. Side: Shepherd with Flute / Giorgione (copy)'.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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