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FRANCESCO DE’ ROSSI, KNOWN AS IL SALVIATI (FLORENCE, 1510 – ROME, 1563)

Portrait of a Gentleman


Oil on slate, oval
inscription on the medal: CHE・CHI / MUORE・ONORATO / VIVE / SEMPRE
82 x 53.5 cm


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No mid-16th century painter proved as adept as Francesco Salviati in absorbing the influences of Florence, Rome and Venice in the space of only a few years. His career was a sum of sudden changes in style which, particularly in his portraiture, occasionally took the shape of abrupt changes of course. That explains why the study of Francesco Salviati as a portrait artist is considered one of the most complex topics in the whole of 16th century painting. The difficulties implicit in the topic have been lucidly outlined by Philippe Costamagna in his essay on portraits for the exhibition entitled Francesco Salviati o la Bella Maniera held in 1998 in the Villa Medici in Rome and subsequently in the Louvre.

Literature: C. MOMBEIG-GOGUEL, Attualità della ricerca su Francesco Salviati, dieci anni dopo la monografia di Luisa Mortari, in Per la storia dell’arte in Italia e in Europa. Studi in onore di Luisa Mortari, Rome 2004, pp. 208-21, reproduced fig. 12, p. 211