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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Dosso Dossi, Italian (Mirandola, Italy c. 1486 - 1542 Ferrara, Italy)
A Condottiere
Work Type
c. 1520
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Emilia, Ferrara
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
sight: 83.8 x 74.3 cm (33 x 29 1/4 in.)
framed: 101.8 x 92.5 x 7 cm (40 1/16 x 36 7/16 x 2 3/4 in.)
? Cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga, Villa Paolina, until 1756. [1]Wright Family, by descent; to Henry Smith Wright, Aveley Wood, Farnham, England, by 1878, sold [through his sale, Robinson, Fisher and Harding, London, November 7, 1929, lot 289 as by Giorgione]. [2] [Frederick Mont, New York], sold; to Edwin H. Abbot, 1949, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1966

[1] According to the "Inventario dei quadri..., 1756, number 437 is described as "quadro di palmi 4 once 9 per altezza, e palmi 3 e mezzo per larghezza, rappresentante Ritratto vestito in Corazza, mezza figura in tela, del Dossi di Ferrara."

[2]The 1929 catalogue notes: "The above pictures was originally in the Orleans Collection and is believed to have been purchased in the 18th century by an ancestor of the late owner," however, this is disputed by Felton Gibbons in the 1966-1967 "A Portrait by Dosso" in the Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions report.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Edwin H. Abbot
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

[Reproduction only], "Front Matter", The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, (November 1929)., p. xxii, repr.

William E. Suida, "Spigolature Giorgionesche", Arte Veneta (1954), Vol. 8, pp. 153-166, p. 166, repr. as fig. 184

H. Wade White, "Recent Accessions - The Edwin H. Abbot Bequest", Fogg Art Museum Newsletter (December 1966), Vol. 4, No. 2, repr. as fig. 1

Felton Lewis Gibbons, "A Portrait by Dosso", Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions Report, 1966-1967 (1967), pp. 19-25, pp. 19-25, repr. p. 20 as fig. 1

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, 1967)

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. 50

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 67

Sydney J. Freedberg, "Lorenzo Lotto to Nicolas Poussin", Apollo (May 1978), vol. 107, no. 195, pp. 389-397, p. 391-392, repr. p. 390 as fig. 4

Jaynie Anderson, "The Giorgionesque Portrait: From Likeness to Allegory", Giorgione : atti del Convegno internazionale di studio per il 5 ̊centenario della nascita, 29-31 maggio 1978 (Castelfranco Veneto, 1979), p. 157, repr. as fig. 126

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)

Alessandro Ballarin, Dosso Dossi: la pittura a Ferrara negli anni del Ducato di Alfonso I, Bertoncello Artigrafiche (Cittadella, 1994), Vol. I, p. 46; Vol. II, p. 311, no. 371

Peter Humfrey and Mauro Lucco, Dosso Dossi: Pittore di Corte a Ferrara nel Rinascimento, Ferrara Arte SpA (Ferrara, Italy, 1998), repr. in color, fig. 47, p. 241

Nicholas Penny, [review] "Dosso Dossi. Ferrara, New York and Los Angeles", The Burlington Magazine (April 1999), Vol. 141, No. 1153, pp. 250-254, p. 252

Jane Bridgeman and Karen Watts, "Armour, Weapons, and Dress in Four Paintings by Dosso Dossi", Apollo (February 2000), No. 151, pp. 20-27, pp. 21-23, repr. p. 23 as fig. 6

Italian Paintings: With an unpublished "Judith Beheading Holofernes", auct. cat., Grassi Studio (New York, 2015), pp. 40-41, fig. 5

Exhibition History

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967

Dosso Dossi, Diviche Gallerie d'Arte Moderne e Contemporanea, Civiche Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Ferrara, 09/25/1998 - 12/14/1998; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 12/14/1998 - 01/11/1999; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 04/27/1999 - 07/11/1999

32Q: 2540 Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2018 - 03/13/2019

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