CAPRIOLO, Domenico
(b. 1494, Venezia, d. 1528, Treviso)

Portrait of a Man

Oil on canvas, 117 x 85 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Earlier the painting was identified as the self-portrait of Giorgione, then that of Francesco Dominici. Presently it is attributed to Capriolo although it is certainly not a self-portrait. The coin at the bottom right corner shows a deer (in Italian capriolo) and the inscription MDXI DOMINICVS A XXV.

Domenico Capriolo (Domenico di Bernardino, also Caprioli) was most probably a pupil of his father-in-law, Pier Maria Pennacchi. Workshop periods with Giorgione and Titian are probable. Despite his early, violent death, he left behind an extensive body of work.

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