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Portrait of a young Man

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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The young collector holds a medal showing a profile head of a woman in classical costume. His arm rests on an ornate chair with carved and inlaid decoration. A replica of the antique statue of Apollo Citharoedos stands on the elaborate table; the original was in the della Valle collection in Rome in 1561. Different identifications have been proposed for the aristocratic sitter, including that of Paolo Capranica, related to the Della Valle family, or a member of the Palma di Cesnola family, because their motto 'Oppraesa Resurgam' appears on a scroll across a palm tree in the table inlay.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



post 1560


oil on panel


H 133 x W 104 cm

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Acquisition method

Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund, 1982

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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