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Portrait of a Young Man in Red

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Portrait of a Young Man in Red


Circle of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (Italian, 1483 - 1520)




Italy (Place Created)


about 1505


Oil on panel

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67.3 × 52.7 cm (26 1/2 × 20 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

An unknown man, cool and contained, stands proudly in front of a prosperous landscape that may include a portrait of his own residence. The fine yet restrained clothes, direct gaze, and proud bearing characterize the new Renaissance emphasis on individualism. The three-quarter turn of the body, with his arm forming the base of the triangular composition, became a popular pose in that era; not incidentally, it draws attention to the man's ring and the fine Middle Eastern carpet covering the table.

- 1815

Philip Stanhope, 5th earl of Chesterfield, 1755 - 1815
Source: Wax seal on reverse.

by 1891 -

Harold Ainsworth Peto, 1854 - 1933 (London, England)
Source: Cooper, The Opulent Eye (London: 1976), p. 85.

- possibly 1895/1900

Sir George Donaldson, 1845 - 1925 (London, England), possibly purchased as a gift for Joseph Benjamin Robinson, 1895/1900.
Source: Sotheby's, London, Catalogue of Important Old Master Paintings, November 27, 1963, p. 18.

possibly 1895/1900 - 1929

Sir Joseph Benjamin Robinson, 1st Bart., 1840 - 1929 (London, England; Hawthornden, Cape Peninsula, South Africa)

1929 - 1963

Ida Louise (Robinson) Labia, Princess Labia, 1879 - 1961 (Cape Town, South Africa) [sold, Labia sale, Sotheby's, London, November 27, 1963, lot 29, to Neame.]

1963 -
- 1972

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, December 6, 1972, lot 43, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.]

1972 - 1978

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Raphael in Florence (April 1 to May 1, 1984)
  • Palazzo Pitti (Florence), April 1 to May 1, 1984
Raffaello e Urbino: La formazione giovanile e i rapporti con la città natale (April 4 to July 12, 2009)
  • Palazzo Ducale di Urbino Galleria Nazionale delle Marche (Urbino), April 4 to July 12, 2009
Raffaello (March 2 to June 2, 2013)
  • National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo), March 2 to June 2, 2013

Sotheby's advertisement. The Burlington Magazine 105, no. 728 (November 1963), p. i.

Sotheby & Co., London. Catalogue of Important Old Master Paintings. November 27, 1963, pp. 18-19, lot 29, ill.

Dussler, Luitpold. 'Raffael,' Kritisches Verzeichnis der Gemälde, Wandbilder und Bildteppiche (Munich: Bruckmann, 1966), no. 72, p. 43.

Shearman, John. "Raphael at the Court of Urbino." Burlington Magazine 112, no. 803 (February 1970), p. 72.

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Sotheby & Co., London. Catalogue of Important Old Master Paintings. December 6, 1972, pp. 36-37, lot 43, ill.

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