Self-portrait with a friend

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Self-Portrait with a Friend (Double Portrait)
Portrait de l'artiste avec un ami, by Raffaello Sanzio, from C2RMF retouched.jpg
Artist Raphael
Year 1518–1520
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 99 cm × 83 cm (39 in × 33 in)
Location Louvre, Paris

The Self-Portrait with a friend (also known as Double Portrait) is a painting by Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael. It dates to 1518-1520,[1] and is housed in the Louvre Museum of Paris, France.


The identity of the man portrayed before Raphael is unknown. The ancient tradition identified him as his fencing master, since he holds the hilt of a sword. Modern art historians consider him one of the painter's pupils (perhaps Polidoro da Caravaggio or Giulio Romano), a friend and commissioner of the painting, such as Giovanni Battista Branconio, for whom Raphael had designed, in the Borgo quarter of Rome, the now destroyed Palazzo Branconio. Other people associated with the character include Pietro Aretino, Baldassarre Peruzzi and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, as well as other painters such as Il Pordenone or Pontormo, but these hypotheses have been refuted by other portraits.

The painting was owned by Francis I of France and, in the past, was assigned to other artists, including Sebastiano del Piombo.


  1. ^ Thoenes, Christof, Raphael (2005) Ed. Taschen. pp. 6


  • De Vecchi, Pierluigi (1975). Raffaello. Milan: Rizzoli. 

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