POLLAIUOLO, Piero del
(b. 1441, Firenze, d. 1496, Roma)
Portrait of Galeazzo Maria Sforzac. 1471
Tempera on panel, 65 x 42 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Piero Pollaiuolo painted the portrait from the design of his brother, Antonio on the occasion of the visit of Sforza to Florence. The identity of the person portrayed is beyond any doubt since there exists a copy of the work bearing Sforza's name.
Even the earliest documents attribute this portrait to Piero del Pollaiuolo. The painting, its rather dark colours unenlivened by any landscape views, plays on the changing colour tones of the materials and on the characteristic physiognomy of its striking protagonist.
Restored in 1994.