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Gian Giacomo d'Alladio, called Macrino d'Alba
(Italian, ca. 1465–1528)
Portrait of a Knight of Malta, 1499
Tempera on panel
Panel: 15 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches (383 x 285 mm)
Framed: 33 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches (860 x 605 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; AZ015
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The sitter wears the white cross of the Order of Malta, one of the oldest lay religious orders whose fifteenth-century members were Catholic, of noble birth, and devoted to works of virtue and charity. He may be Benvenuto San Giorgio of Biandrate, a nobleman, papal ambassador, and knight of the order since 1480. The dated inscription in the border reads By the hand of Macrino I shall live after death.

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