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Portrait of a young man in the image of St. Sebastian, Antonio Boltraffio

Portrait of a young man in the image of St. Sebastian, Antonio Boltraffio

Portrait of a young man in the image of St. Sebastian - Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio. 48x36

In the painting of Boltraffio (c. 1467-1516) "Portrait of a young man in the image of St. Sebastian" the renaissance ideas of man are fully embodied. In the modeling of a face shaded by a haze of transparent chiaroscuro, the influence of Leonardo da Vinci is noticeable, in the Milan workshop of which Boltraffio studied and worked for a long time.

The portrait depicts a secular young man, only the arrow-attribute of St. Sebastian (a real historical figure of the era of Emperor Diocletian) indicates the Christian history of martyrdom. The composition of the picture, a three-quarter spread of the figure, the look of the model, addressed directly to the viewer - all these features were characteristic of Leonardo's work. In the transmission of features, the famous sphumato technique invented by him was used, in which subtle transitions of gradations of chiaroscuro gave a certain elusiveness and variability to the expression on the face, thereby emphasizing the complexity of the spiritual world of the human person.


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