painting by Pedro Berruguete, private collection

The Berruguete Portrait (ca. 1500?), supposed to show Columbus

Portrait by Pedro Berruguete (1450-1504), who knew Christopher Columbus personally, having he lived at the Spanish court at the time of the great discoverer.T he portrait, the authenticity of which was supported by important experts, among whom Raimondo Sirotti, director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Genoa, was acquires by an American businessman in 1991. The main features of said portrait exactly correspond to the description made by Fernando in his Historie, where he describes his father as featuring "a long face and high cheeks", the same description being reported also by Angelo Trevisan, who was e very good friend of Columbus'. (Information sent to me by Peter Canepa, May 2004).

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