(b. ca. 1492, Conegliano, d. before 1563, Treviso)

A Ballplayer and His Page

Oil on canvas, 103 x 117 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This curious northern Italian double portrait by Francesco Beccaruzzi of Treviso presents a singularly self-assured, richly dressed athlete, bat in hand, pressing a ball upon his page's shoulder as the latter works at lacing his master's breeches. In the background the marketplace of Treviso can be seen.