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Portrait of the cavalier in red
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16th Century
Portrait of the cavalier in red
[Ritratto di Gian Gerolamo Grumelli detto il Cavaliere in rosa]
Oil on canvas
216 x 123 cm  [HxW]
Antonio Moroni, Bergamo

Dressed Spanish-style in fine silk from Bergamo, a town on the outskirts of the Venetian Republic, this proud and haughty young knight is about to marry for the second time. The inscription ‘Better the last than the first’ refers to this marriage. Ivy symbolises constancy of love while the broken sculpture is a reminder of vanity and fragility.

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