Portrait of a Gentleman from Della Ruota family
Lombardy, dated 1624
Oil on canvas
105 x 81 cm (without the frame)
The coat of arms at the top left of the portrait identifies the effigy as an aristocrat belonging to the Lombard family Della Ruota, represented at the age of 61 in 1624. The presence of vanity at the bottom right is a clear reference to the passage of time, to the aging and dying body.
The book on which he places his hand and the carpet allude to his social status as a literate man belonging to a wealthy family.