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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Altobello Melone, Italian (c. 1480/5 - c. 1540)
Previously attributed to Jacopo Palma (called il Vecchio), Italian (c. 1479 - 1528)
Portrait of a Young Man
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Letter
Work Type
c. 1527-1528
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Lombardy, Cremona
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
54 x 39.4 cm (21 1/4 x 15 1/2 in.)
frame: 79 x 63.5 cm (31 1/8 x 25 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Nettie G. Naumburg
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: a list of the principal artists and their works, with an index of places, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1932), p. 373 [as Moretto da Brescia]

Bernard Berenson, Pitture Italiane del Rinascimento: Catalogo dei Principali Artisti e delle Loro Opere con un Indice dei Luoghi, Ulrico Hoepli (Milan, 1936), p. 321 [as Moretto da Brescia]

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. 155 [as by Jacopo Palma]

Jonathan Bober, I Campi e la cultura artistica cremonese del Cinquecento, Arte Lombarda: Rivista di Storia dell' Arte, Vita e Pensiero – Pubblicazioni dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (1986), no. 76/77, 1-2, pp. 153-162, repr. as fig. 3 on p. 155

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), pp. 120, 328, repr. b/w cat. no. 666

Carlo Del Bravo, Bellezza e Pensiero, Casa Editrice Le Lettere (Florence, 1997), p. 127, repr. as fig. 35

Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo, Labirinti del cuore: Giorgione e le stagioni del sentimento tra Venezia e Roma, exh. cat., arte'm (Naples, 2017), repr. as fig. 3 on p. 91

Exhibition History

Art of the Renaissance in Lombardy, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/28/1988 - 07/24/1988

Landmarks of World Art and Architecture, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2012 - 01/19/2013

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