National Geographic : 1952 Jan
© National Geographic Society 88 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection; UNKNOWN ARTIST (Mid' 16th Century), Italian * Alessandro Alberti with a Page There can be no doubt about the identification of tiis handsome Italian gentleman; his name and age (50) are given in the letter on the table. Critics are not very curious about the model, however. What they would like to know is the name of his brilliant portraitist. It seems likely that they will never learn. The painter's signature has been so tantalizingly obliterated that even the infrared ray cannot decipher it. \Vhoever the artist was, he appears to have been a pupil of Titian (page 77). He resembles the master in his straight forward, convincing portrayal of features and personality; and it is known (again the letter) that he worked in Venice, Titian's headquarters. Something of Lorenzo Lotto, Titian's compatriot, may be seen in the page's sad, appealing gaze.