Sanzio da Urbino, A Young Man.
probably over 500 years.
28 in (78 cm).
22 in (56 cm).
Place of birth -
in excess of 100,000,000 US dollars on the contemporary art
A painting in oil on panel, unsigned. It depicts a young man
with very long wavy dark hair and delicate features, pretty
effeminate-looking. Wearing a brown sable fur thrown over a
white shirt, he sits against a flesh-colored wall with a
window at the right side showing a sunny Italian landscape.
Many believe the sitter is Raphael himself.
unknown since 1945.
Krakow's Portrait of a Young Man by
The painting from the collection of The
Czartoryski Muzeum in Krakow, is considered the world's
most precious masterpiece looted during World War II, which
hasn't been recovered to date. The Nazis confiscated
Raphael's "Portrait of a Young Man" when they invaded Poland
in 1939. Apparently, it was last seen at the
residence of Hans Frank in Krakow in January 1945 and next
possibly transported to his villa in Neuhaus am Schliersee,
Germany. American troops arrested Hans Frank there to try
him in Nuremberg alonside other war criminals. Sadly, no
trace of Raphael's "Portrait of a Young Man" has been found,
and it isn't even certain if the painting left
together with Hans Frank.
Hill in Krakow with the
Wawel Royal Castle
Leonardo da Vinci's
Lady with an Ermine
Krakow is one of just six places in the world that
can boast a painting by Leonardo da Vinci. And its Lady with
an ermine is arguably the most beautiful of the old master's
three female portraits known worldwide.
Other Krakow Curios:
Window of awe