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Christopher Colombus (ca. 1451–1506)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 19th century
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 25 × 19 in. (63.5 × 48.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Gouverneur Morris
Object Number: 1817.8
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This portrait is a 19th-century copy after the 16th-century copy by Christofano dell' Altissimo in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Altissimo, who had been a student of Pontormo and Bronzino, was commissioned by Duke Cosimo I in 1552 to paint copies of the portraits of notable men in the collection of Paul Jose, bishop of Nocera. He worked on this project until 1565, completing some 280 copies.


Long-term loan, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA, 1999.