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Portrait of a young Man holding a Dog and a Cat

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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This kind of moody portrait, or image of a particular human type, was popularised by Giorgione: here the dog and cat may allude to conflicting sides of the man's personality. Dosso Dossi, who admired Giorgione, often painted unusual subjects. Other attributions have been suggested to Ortolano or his circle, or Moretto. The exotic sitter has also been described as a young woman.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Portrait of a young Man holding a Dog and a Cat


oil on panel


H 27.8 x W 24.9 cm

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Purchased, 1956

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