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16th Century
Double portrait
[Doppio ritratto]
Oil on canvas
80 x 67.5 cm  [HxW]
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Roma

This reflects on different experiences of ‘love’. The idealised noble figure, holding a wild-orange as a symbol of love, occupies a shadowed spiritual space of melancholy love. The other young man is more aggressively realistic and stands in direct lighting. During his short career, Giorgione inspired by mythology or secular literature produced paintings shrouded in mystery.

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