BIAGIO D'ANTONIO
(b. 1446, Firenze, d. 1515, Firenze)

Portrait of a Boy

1476-80
Oil and tempera on panel, 42 x 36 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Biagio's talent for portraiture is evident in the animated faces he painted in the Sistine Chapel. The present painting is one of the three surviving autonomous portraits by Biagio, all of them bust-length portrayals of young men standing before landscape background. The Portrait of a Boy in Washington is set before an unusual landscape with jagged mountain peaks.