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This portrait is probably of Francesco Albani, one of the leading citizens of Bergamo; the initials ‘FA’ are painted in reverse on his signet ring. The Albani supported Venetian rule in Bergamo, and Francesco was created a Knight of San Marco by the Venetians in 1516. This portrait may have been painted in 1517 when he was part of the delegation to Venice reaffirming Bergamo’s loyalty after several years of French and Spanish occupation of the city. On that occasion he wore ‘gold cloth in the French style with a massive gold chain round his neck.’
Oil on canvas
H 109.7 x W 84 cm
Salting Bequest, 1910