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Sebastiano del Piombo: Portrait of a Man, Said to be Christopher Columbus (born about 1446, died 1506)  wikidata:Q19911671 
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Sebastiano del Piombo: Portrait of a Man, Said to be Christopher Columbus (born about 1446, died 1506)
Portrait of a Man, Said to be Christopher Columbus
Object type painting
Genre portrait
Depicted people Christopher Columbus Edit this at Wikidata
Date 1519
Medium oil on canvas Edit this at Wikidata
Dimensions Height: 106.7 cm (42 in); Width: 88.3 cm (34.7 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,+106.7U174728;P2049,+88.3U174728
institution QS:P195,Q160236
Current location
Gallery 607
Accession number
Object history
  • ?Ottheinrich Wittelsbach, Elector Palatine, Heidelberg (until d. 1559)
  • the Wittelsbach family, Electors Palatine, Heidelberg (1559–1680)
  • Karl Ludwig II Wittelsbach, Elector Palatine, Residenzschloss, Heidelberg (possibly from 1680–d. 1685; inv., 1685)
  • Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Bénévent, Paris (by 1814–d. 1838)
  • his heir, Napoléon-Louis, 3rd duc Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Valençay, prince de Sagan, Château de Valençay, Indre (1838–d. 1898; his estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 29–June 1, 1899, no. 14, for Fr 30,000 to Lawrie)
  • [T. Lawrie and Co., London, from 1899; sold to Agnew]
  • [Agnew, London, until 1900; sold for £40,000 to Morgan]
  • J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1900)
Exhibition history
Exhibition history

1814: Paris. Palais Royal. 1814, no. 107 (lent by Talleyrand) [see Refs. Wehle 1940 and Zeri and Gardner 1973].
1893: Chicago World's Fair. "World's Columbian Exhibition: Fine Arts,", not in catalogue.
1906: New York City. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Temporary Exhibition," no. 18.
Washington. Corcoran Gallery of Art. "American Processional: 1492–1900," July 8–December 17, 1950, no. 1 (as "Christopher Columbus").
New York. R. H. Macy. September 10–26, 1951, no catalogue.
Detroit Institute of Arts. "Thirty-Eight Great Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 2–October 28, 1951, no catalogue.
Art Gallery of Toronto. "Thirty-Eight Great Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 14–December 12, 1951, no catalogue.
City Art Museum of St. Louis. "Thirty-Eight Great Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 6–February 4, 1952, no catalogue.
Seattle Art Museum. "Thirty-Eight Great Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 1–June 30, 1952, no catalogue.
Milwaukee Art Institute. "5 Centuries of Spanish Art," September 5–October 25, 1952, no catalogue.
Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse University. "Spanish Art: Fifteenth Century to Modern," November 10–December 1, 1952, no. 4.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Junior Museum. "The Age of Discovery," October 1, 1957–June 30, 1958, no catalogue?
Montreal. Expo 67. "Terre des Hommes/Man and His World," April 28–October 27, 1967, no. 19.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Venetian Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum," May 1–September 2, 1974, no catalogue.
New-York Historical Society Museum. "Imagining the New World: Columbian Iconography," November 13, 1991–January 26, 1992, no. 19.
Rome. Palazzo di Venezia. "Sebastiano del Piombo, 1485–1547," February 8–May 18, 2008, no. 37 (as "Portrait of Christopher Columbus").
Berlin. Gemäldegalerie. "Sebastiano del Piombo, 1485–1547," June 28–September 28, 2008, no. 37 (as "Portrait of Christopher Columbus").

Credit line Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1900
Inscriptions Signed, dated, and inscribed: (center right) SEBASTIANVS / VENETVS FACIT; (across top) HÆC.EST.EFFIGIES.LIGVRIS.MIRANDA.COLVMBI.ANTIPODVM.PRIMVS / RATE.QVI.PENETRAVIT.IN.ORBEM. 1519 (This is the admirable portrait of the Ligurian Columbus, the first to enter by ship into the world of the Antipodes, 1519)

Théodor De Bry included an engraving of 1595 in his "Grands voyages" which was made after this painting or a version of it.
An engraving by Mercuri, dated 1843 (in "Supplément aux Galeries historiques de Versailles," vol. 5, ser. 10, sect. 2, unpaginated), depicts the head and shoulders only.
There is a partial copy in the Szépmüvészeti Muzeum, Budapest.

A version formerly in the Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, Connecticut, was sold at Christie's East, New York, March 26, 1982, no. 127, as Manner of Sebastiano del Piombo.
References Metropolitan Museum of Art, online collection (The Met object ID 437645)

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