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 (1450-1527), 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 1499.
Portrait of the knight wearing a black outfit and black hat. He has a gold chain around his neck and the Malta cross in white pinned to his shirt.