Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione.
c.1514-1516. Oil on canvas, mounted on panel. Louvre, Paris, France. More. [Order a Print]
Count Baldassare Castiglione
(1478-1529) Italian courtier and writer, was born near Mantua. In 1505, he was sent by the Duke of Urbino as envoy to Henry VII of England, who made him a knight, and was later Mantuan ambassador at the papal court in Rome (1513-1524). He was papal nuncio for Pope Clement VII in Spain, from 1524. His chief work, Il Cortegiano
(1528), is a manual for courtiers. His Italian and Latin poems are models of elegance. His Letters
(1760-1771) illustrate political and literary history