Portrait of a Gentleman with a Lion Paw

Artist: Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto
Year: c. 1527
The Portrait of a Gentleman with a Lion Paw is an oil painting of one of the Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto, and it believed to be completed by c. 1527. The painting was not publicly known until 1679 when it was enlisted in the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria. Today, this painting is located in the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, Austria. The character as well as the execution date of the portrait has not been identified properly but the canvas has been assigned to Lotto’s early Venetian period, when, it is assumed that he worked for many private commissioners.

The painting shows that a gentleman, wearing a fur-lined black coat, is standing with a lion paw in his hand. He has kept his right hand on his chest. The symbolic meaning is not quite clear but the colors of the painting shows the clear influence of one of the greatest Italian painter Titian.

Source/Photographer: The York Project:10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei