(b. 1524, Verona, d. 1606, Verona)

Portrait of a Man

Oil on canvas, 67 x 54 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

Paolo Farinati (also called Farinato) was a Veronese painter, the uncle of Giambattista Zelotti who collaborated with Paolo Veronese and Fasolo. In a career spanning over sixty years Farinati was a prominent figure in Verona's artistic scene and, though rarely venturing beyond his home city, his influence reached as far as Garda and Piacenza.

The dark palette and partial lighting of the face and hands are typical of Venetian portraiture at that time. Although the portrait has been attributed to Paolo Farinati, it could also be a Flemish work from the circle of Rubens.