Bust of a gentleman with a fur

Lazzaro Casario
16th century, white marble

The Bologna-born sculptor presents the portrait of an elderly person of unknown identity. His face is gaunt and the eye sockets are sunken: in all likelihood, he used a funerary mask. The composition, which is narrower towards the bottom of the bust, would suggest that it was placed in a niche, or that the portrait was perhaps placed in a funeral monument.

The austere and sober expression typical of Casario’s portraits is accompanied by thorough attention to detail, as can be seen in the decorations on the sleeves of the gown or on the fur.