"Portrait of a Man, Antonello da Messina
Description of the picture:
Male portrait – Antonello da Messina. Around 1475-1476. Wood, tempera, oil. 31×25,2
A Sicilian painter who worked in Venice and continued the tradition of her art, Antonello da Messina (circa 1430-1479) studied painting in the Netherlands, combining the features of the Venetian and Northern Renaissance in his own work.
The black background of the picture, from which the face of the depicted stands out, the narrow psychologism and the zeal not to depart a bit from the current truth when working on the image of a person – these are the features of Dutch portraiture. The painter captured the Venetian patrician with a lively and intelligent face, cunning, he looks at the viewer with a squint and grin lurking in the eyes and corners of his mouth. At the same time, the portrait is somewhat idealized, the peasant looks estranged from the worldly bustle, internally elevated above it, and greatness is read in its form. All this was inherent in the painting of the Italian Renaissance, when, creating a portrait of a man, the creators sought to put the depicted on a pedestal, to look at him with eyes of eternity.
The rich colors of the painting are explained by the fact that the painter used the technique of oil painting, borrowed from the Dutch masters."