FLORIGERIO, Sebastiano
(b. ca. 1500, Conegliano, d. 1543, Udine)

Portrait of Raffaele Grassi

1530s
Oil on canvas, 127 x 103 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The few works by this painter to have survived immediately remind us of Pordenone because of the impassioned way the figures are arranged and a characteristic tendency to make the forms ample, almost swollen, thus giving us the presentiment of a freer, almost seventeenth-century use of the line.

In this painting, which for a time was thought to be the portrait of the famous architect and sculptor Sansovino, was later recognized as Raffaele Grassi, father of the painter and architect Giovanbattista.