SOLARIO, Andrea
(b. ca. 1460, Milano, d. 1525, Pavia)

Man with a Pink Carnation

c. 1495
Oil and egg tempera on poplar, 50 x 39 cm
National Gallery, London

The artist belongs to the generation bridging the 15th and 16th centuries and was highly regarded in his own day for his portraiture. This early portrait was executed during the artist's stay in Venice, the sitter, who holds a pink or carnation in his right hand indicating a betrothal portrait, was probably a Venetian senator.