1542. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Read Note.
Ranuccio Farnese (1530-1565) was the son of Pier Luigi Farnese, the illegitimate son of Pope Paul III. He came to Venice in 1542 to be the prior of San Giovanni dei Forlani, which belonged to the Knights of Malta. The white cross on his cloak shows that he is a member of the order