The Renaissance Portrait at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curators Keith Christiansen and Andrea Bayer discuss the exhibition "The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini," on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 18. It celebrates Italian 15th-century portraiture, bringing together approximately 160 works by Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, Pisanello, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, and Antonello da Messina, and includes painting, manuscript illumination, marble sculpture and bronze medals. 

Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi; Florence, ca. 1386–1466, Florence). Reliquary Bust of San Rossore
Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi; Florence, ca. 1386–1466, Florence). Reliquary Bust of San Rossore

Ca. 1425
Cast bronze, chased, engraved, and gilded
22 x 23 7/8 x 14 5/8 in.
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, Pisa
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Antonio del Pollaiuolo (Florence, 1431-1498, Rome).  Portrait of a Lady
Antonio del Pollaiuolo (Florence, 1431-1498, Rome). Portrait of a Lady

Ca. 1460-65
Oil and tempera on poplar panel
20 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.
Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
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Fra Filippo Lippi (Florence, ca. 1406-1469, Spoleto).  Portrait of a Woman and a Man at a Casement
Fra Filippo Lippi (Florence, ca. 1406-1469, Spoleto). Portrait of a Woman and a Man at a Casement

Ca. 1440-44
Tempera on wood
25¼ x 16½ in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand
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Desiderio da Settignano (Settignano, ca. 1430-1464, Florence).  Bust of a Young Woman (Marietta di Lorenzo Strozzi?)
Desiderio da Settignano (Settignano, ca. 1430-1464, Florence). Bust of a Young Woman (Marietta di Lorenzo Strozzi?)

Ca. 1462
Marble
H. 20 5/8 in.
Skupturensammlung and Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
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Sandro Botticelli (Florence, ca. 1444-1510, Florence).  Ideal Portrait of a Lady (“Simonetta Vespucci”)
Sandro Botticelli (Florence, ca. 1444-1510, Florence). Ideal Portrait of a Lady (“Simonetta Vespucci”)

1475-80
Tempera on poplar
32¼ x 21¼ in.
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
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Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenica Bigordi; Florence, 1448/49-1494, Florence).  Portrait of an Old Man and a Boy
Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenica Bigordi; Florence, 1448/49-1494, Florence). Portrait of an Old Man and a Boy

Ca. 1490
Tempera on wood
24 ¾ in. x 18 ¼ in.
Département des Peintures, Musée du Louvre, Paris
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Giovanni Bellini (Venice, active by 1459-1516, Venice).  Fra Teodoro of Urbino as Saint Dominic
Giovanni Bellini (Venice, active by 1459-1516, Venice). Fra Teodoro of Urbino as Saint Dominic

1515
Oil on canvas
25 1/8 x 19½ in.
Victoria and Albert Museum, on long-term loan to The National Gallery, London
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