Category:Young Knight in a Landscape by Carpaccio

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Vittore Carpaccio: Portrait of a Knight  wikidata:Q3937678 
Vittore Carpaccio: Portrait of a Knight
Young Knight in a Landscape
Object type painting
English: one of the earliest full-length portraits in European painting
Date 1510
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 218.5 × 152.5 cm (86 × 60 in)
room 7
Accession number
INV. 82 (1935.3)
Object history -1919:Vernon-Wentworth collection, Yorkshire.
: purchased by Otto H. Kahn from Vernon-Wentworth collection, Yorkshire.
: purchased by Baron Heinrich Thyssen- Bornemisza
Exhibition history 1963 Venice Carpaccio; 1981 Old Master Paintings from the Collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza Metropolitan Museum, New York.
Inscriptions 1. Signature right: VICTOR CARPATHIUS / FINXIT / MDX [Formed / 1510]
2. MALO MORI / QUAM / FOEDARI (better to die than be defiled) placed beside a weasel suggests that he may be a knight of the Order of the Ermine.
Notes 1. The painting was attributed to Dürer until 1919 due to a now removed fake monogram and as the two inscriptions were concealed by over-paint until the restoration 1958.
2. The identity of the knight is controversial. Following Helen Comstock the weasel could suggest, that he belongs to the Order of the Ermine, founded in 1465 by King Ferdinand I of Naples. In 1938 Agathe Rona following her, suggested that the knight was Ferdinand II of Aragon and that the Order of the Ermine was associated with the house of Aragon, Neapolitan branch. Since the catalogue of an exhibition on Carpaccio held in Venice in 1963 Weiss identified the knight as Francesco Maria della Rovere, 3rd Duke of Urbino and this is accepted by the majority including Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. There are still more theories identifying the young knight as a Habsburg prince, as Antonio da Montefeltro, as a German soldier in the service of Venice, or as Rolando de RagusaVenturi.
References Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Metropolitan Museum Journal 18 1984 (pdf; 4,2 MB)


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