(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Gentleman in a Lynx Fur

Oil on canvas, 140 x 107 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The portrait was an artistic genre that Veronese had cultivated ever since the beginning of his career. He painted portraits while in Verona, then his contact with the Venetian world refined his portrait-painting skill. His portraits from the early 1560s are numerous and constitute one of the high points of sixteenth-century Venetian portraiture.