GRECO, El
(b. 1541, Candia, d. 1614, Toledo)

St Jerome as Cardinal

c. 1600
Oil on canvas, 59 x 48 cm
National Gallery, London

The open book bears an inscription from a later hand (L. Cornaro. Aet. suae 100. 1566). For this reason it has been supposed that this is a portrait of Luigi Cornaro, author of several treatises on the art of growing old. Others have believed it to be a portrait of the Cardinal-Inquisitor Don Gaspar Quiroga.

Two signed and four unsigned versions are known, the best being that in the Frick Collection, New York.




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