ALTISSIMO, Cristofano dell'
(b. ca. 1530, d. 1605, Firenze)

Alchitrof, Emperor of Ethiopia

Oil on wood, 59 x 42 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

If Alchitrof does not look Ethiopian, it may be because this ancient land extended into present-day Tanzania. He appears at once exotic and fully human, reflecting the age of exploration, during which this painting was made.