CARNEVALE, Fra
(b. ca. 1425, Urbino, d. 1484, Urbino)

Portrait of a Man

1460s
Tempera on wood, 35 x 27 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

This painting is one of the three portraits that have been ascribed to Fra Carnevale. If the attribution correct then it documents the artist's transformation into an exponent of a North Italian courtly style; there is, indeed, no hint of the Florentine training with Filippo Lippi we know Fra Carnevale to have received.

The portrait reads as a marble relief to which colour has been added.