European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Antonello da Messina (Antonello di Giovanni di Michele de Antonio), Italian (active Messina, Naples, and Venice), first securely documented 1456, died 1479
Oil on panel
Currently not on view
Cat. 159John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelOriginally, the background and hat on this panel were black, creating a contrast that brought attention to the sitter's face and eyes. This type of composition won Antonello the reputation of the most psychologically perceptive portrait painter of the Renaissance.