c.1514-1516. Oil on canvas, mounted on panel. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note.
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