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Warrior and squire (Gattamelata). 90x73
It is not known for certain who is the author of the picture, but it is clear that this artist was strongly influenced by the painting of the Venetian Giorgione.
The painting depicts Condottier Erasmo de Narni, who lived almost a century before the painting was painted and received the nickname Gattamelata - “affectionate cat”. A native of the lower strata of society, he became a hired soldier, served in different cities and different rulers, rose to the rank of condottier, the leader of the detachment who was in the service of the commune. In addition, he became the ruler of Padua, and his equestrian statue of Donatello is installed near the main Padua Cathedral - the papal basilica of Sant Antonio. The painting next to Gattamelata probably depicts his son Antonio.
Giorgione and his followers formed a whole movement in Venetian painting at the turn of the 15th-16th centuries, the hallmark of which was the contemplative mood of the characters depicted. So this warrior with a completely unrefined appearance, accustomed to a difficult, full risk of life, froze with such an expression on his face as if he was listening to music. His sword, armor and helmet are perceived as mere symbols, and the boy as an angel standing behind his shoulder.