GIORGIONE
(b. 1477, Castelfranco, d. 1510, Venezia)

Portrait of Warrior with his Equerry

c. 1509
Oil on canvas, 90 x 73 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

A sense of calm and expressiveness as well as light effects are outstanding in this canvas, with the beautiful helmet and pieces of armour on foreground. The Renaissance must be the last period of world history when war could be seen as an aesthetic spectacle. Artists since then have made great art out of the horror of war, but Renaissance artists are able to enjoy it almost as theatre. Weapons and armour become object of beauty and were represented in art like still-lifes.

Thought to be the Gattamelata's portrait - a famous Italian captain (1370-1443) - the picture has been ascribed to the last activity of Giorgione, dead in 1510, although the attribution is not certain since some critics referred it to other artists as Paolo Morando called il Cavazzola.

Restored in 1990