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Portrait of a Cardinal in his Study
about 1519

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Creator Name: Costa, Lorenzo
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian; Mantuan
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1460 - 1535
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Lorenzo Costa
Title: Portrait of a Cardinal in his Study
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1517
Creation End Date: 1521
Creation Date: about 1519
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Oil and tempera on panel
Dimensions: H.32-1/4 x W.30 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 70.17
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip and the William Hood Dunwoody Funds

The unknown sitter in this portrait, wearing the crimson cassock and cap of a cardinal, is depicted as a humanist scholar. Through the open window can be seen the figure of Saint Jerome, the 4th-century biblical scholar, often portrayed in medieval art as a kneeling hermit. He is identified by a broad-brimmed cardinal's hat and the lion that was his legendary companion. During the Renaissance, however, Saint Jerome was frequently shown as a cultured man of learning in his study--a representation this sitter clearly wished his portrait to suggest.

The identities of both artist and sitter have long been debated. The most persuasive evidence indicates that Lorenzo Costa painted a high-ranking prelate, possibly Cardinal Bibbiena, while court painter in Mantua, a sophisticated center of humanist culture.

Acquired in 1970 70.17

AMICA ID: MIA_.70.17
Component Measured: frame dimensions
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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