(b. 1655, Bergamo, d. 1743, Bergamo)

Portrait of a Gentleman

c. 1730
Oil on canvas,127 x 98 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The subject is believed to be a nobleman, a member of the Tassi family of Bergamo. In this late painting, Ghislandi rejected the refined colour schemes of his youthful portraits. His palette is now concentrated on golds, whites, browns and intense, velvety blacks. His optical inventiveness is fresh, and in the folds of a scarf, in the braid of a cuff or lapel, he succeeded in creating enchanted Rococo notes.