Artist Franciabigio, Italian, 1482-1525
  • Portrait of a Man
Date 15th or 16th century
Medium Paint on wood panel
Dimensions Unframed: 16 × 11 3/4 inches (40.6 × 29.9 cm)
Framed: 24 3/4 × 21 3/4 × 3 1/4 inches (62.9 × 55.2 × 8.3 cm)
Credit Line Gift of James E. Scripps
Accession Number 89.7
Department European Painting
Not On View
Marks Marked, painted, back of panel: [unidentified coat-of-arms: left side has a compass over a chevron and three rosettes, two above the compass and one below the chevron; right side, across top: three fleur-de-lis and below them a diagonal cross with an eight-pointed star in each quadrant].
Inscriptions Inscribed, upper right: FRAC [overlapping to form a monogram] A S M [the letters probably mean "Francesco a sua manu."]
James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1889, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Detroit Art Loan Exhibition. 1883, p. 47, no. 480.

Scripps, James E., ed. Catalogue of the Scripps Collection of Old Masters. Detroit, 1889, p. 13, no. 7 [as by “Maso Guidi, called Massaccio (attributed to);” monogram read as “AFPC”].

Scripps, James E. Handbook of the Paintings Ancient and Modern Belonging to the Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1895, p. 9.

Handbook of Paintings by the Old Masters. Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1910, p. 14, no. 8 [as by "Tommaso Guidi (called Masaccio);" monogram read as "A.F.P.C."].

Burroughs, C. Catalogue of paintings, sculpture and contemporary arts and crafts. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1920, p. 20, no. 7.

Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 78, (repr.).

Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 210.

Berenson, B. Pitture italiane del rinascimento, Milan, 1936, p. 180.

Richardson, E. P., ed. DIA Catalogue of Paintings, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1944, p. 49, no. 78 [notes that hand was recently restored].

Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School, vol. 1. London, 1963, p. 65 [as possibly by Franciabigio].

Santoro, F. Sricchia, Paragone (Arte). July 1963, p. 22.

Paintings in the DIA: a checklist of the paintings acquired before June 1965. DIA. Detroit, 1965, p. 41.

Fredericksen, B. and F. Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, 1972, p. 75 [as possible studio work].

McKillop, Susan Regan. Franciabigio. Berkeley, 1974, p. 42-46; p. 54; p. 105; (fig. 31-33) (ill.); p. 130, no. 1; pp. 134-136, no. 12.

Dülberg, A. Privatporträts. Geschichte und Ikonologie einer Gattung im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert, Berlin, 1990, p. 183, cat. 23, pl. 400, 401 [as by Franciabigio, accepts McKillop's ca. 1513 dating].

Santoro, F. Sricchia. "Del Franciabigio, dell'Indaco e di una vecchia questione. I," Prospettiva, no. 70 (April 1993): pp. 22-49, esp. p. 30, (figs. 11-12).