An Old Man and a Young Boy
Artist Domenico Ghirlandaio
Date ca. 1480
Movement Italian Renaissance
Medium Tempera and oil on wood panel
Dimensions 24 x 18″
Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris
Portraiture during this period became increasingly popular amongst the growing merchant class. Though the individuals are unknown, this portrait was likely made after the old man’s death, showing a familial link between two generations.
Flemish devices were introduced in Italy during this period and can be seen here—note the painstaking attention to detail, the incorporation of a natural background and the three-quarter view of the old man.