Sandro Botticelli's 'Portrait of a Young Man' is my favourite Botticelli at the National Gallery, London. This crisp portrait of a young man stands out sharply against a black background. His brown tunic matches his eyes and he wears a red hat known as a 'beretta'.

Most portraits made in Florence and elsewhere in Italy were profile views. This one is unusual in its format, and the painting may have originally been larger.

Tempera on oil on wood, about 1480-5.

Source: National Gallery


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