Portrait of a Cardinal (Raphael)

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Portrait of a Cardinal
Portrait of a Cardinal, by Raffael, from Prado in Google Earth.jpg
Artist Raphael
Year about 1510
Type Oil on wood
Dimensions 79 cm × 61 cm (31 in × 24 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Portrait of a Cardinal is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It is housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid.

The Cardinal has been identified as either Alidosi, Bibbiena, Cybo or Trivulzio, in the court of Pope Julius II.

Painted in Rome, Rafael mastered the art of realism in his paintings, the ability to “paint people as more real than they really are,” as his peers put it.

Like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the subject is seated, with formation of a triangle pyramid by the subjects' body and arms. The contrasts are striking between the red of his hat, whiteness of his sleeve and his face. Meticulous brushstrokes give the audience a three-dimensional character, revealing Rapahel’s interest in sculpture during those years.

While still a prince, the painting was acquired by Carlos IV of Spain (1748–1819) in Rome.

The picture was attributed to Antonio Moro, due to its technique, considered unusual in Raphael.