ANTONELLO da Messina
(b. ca. 1430, Messina, d 1479, Messina)

Portrait of a Young Man

Oil on walnut panel, 21 x 15 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This small painting is the only portrait by Antonello in which he placed the sitter in front of an expansive, atmospheric landscape instead of a plain dark background. It is his last and smallest portrait. The identity of the sitter, between twenty and thirty years old, has not been determined.