CARRACCI, Lodovico
(b. 1555, Bologna, d. 1619, Bologna)

Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in Armour

Oil on canvas, 101 x 85 cm
Private collection

The sitter of this portrait is Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni. The Rati Opizzoni (or Rati) family were originally from Tortona, in the Piedmont region of Italy, where their family castle stands since medieval times. Born in 1566, Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni was appointed to the Order of the Knights of Malta in 1592. He is known to have had a successful military career, actively campaigning against the Turks, and he is suitably portrayed wearing armour.