Portraits of Giuliano and Francesco Giamberti da Sangallo  1482

by Piero di Cosimo

This exceptional diptych shows the leading Florentine architect Giuliano da Sangallo and his recently deceased father Francesco, who was an architect as well as a musician. These are among the earliest portraits to characterize their sitters by profession: a pen and compass allude to architecture, the sheet music to music. Both disciplines are based on notions of harmony a...
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum