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Portrait of a Man in Armor with Two Pages  1539

by Paris Bordone

This painting shows a high-ranking officer with two pages, one of whom, an African, holds his helmet while the other fastens the armor on his right arm. It belongs to a long history of portraits of military men in armor, but the extensive landscape background, with stormy skies over the advancing armies, and the mood of melancholy are unique to Bordon. Although we do not k...
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