Description Individual portraits of children were a late development within European portraiture with few before the 1500s. Portraits of children of noble houses were often commissioned to be sent to distant relatives who might otherwise never see the child, especially as many died before becoming adults. This is one of three known versions (the other two appear to be earlier), suggesting that the boy was from an important family. Sons were critical to maintaining the family line of inheritance and therefore status.
- Déjà Vu? The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld; given to Walters Art Museum, 1947.
Credit Gift of the estate of Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld, 1947
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