An Old Man and a Young Boy

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.