Portrait of Pietro Bembo
Yearc. 1504
MediumOil on wood
Dimensions54 cm × 69 cm (21 in × 27 in)
LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Portrait of Pietro Bembo, also called Portrait of the Young Pietro Bembo, is an oil painting by Italian artist Raphael.[1] Completed ca. 1504,[2] the painting hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.[1]

The image is ostensibly a portrait of Venetian Cardinal Pietro Bembo, Raphael's long-time friend.[3] Raphael did make a black chalk drawing of Bembo during Bembo's visit to Urbino in 1506.[4][5] The picture hung in Bembo's home for years before it disappeared.

The lack of resemblance of this picture to its namesake, particularly in the nose, has led to other subjects being proposed, including Agnolo Doni,[1] whom Raphael painted around the same time. In a 2004 biography of Bembo, Carol Kidwell states that the subject "appears a happy courtier, not a man set on making his mark in the world, and he wears a red beret while Venetian noblemen wore black."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Kidwell, Carol (30 December 2004). Pietro Bembo: lover, linguist, cardinal. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-7735-2709-6. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. ^ Camesasca, Ettore (1963). All the paintings of Raphael. Oldbourne. p. 97.
  3. ^ Brown, David Alan; Jane Van Nimmen (2005). Raphael & the beautiful banker: the story of the Bindo Altoviti portrait. Yale University Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-300-10824-8. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  4. ^ Müntz, Eugène (1882). Raphael; his life, works and times. Chapman and Hall, limited. p. 216. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  5. ^ Passavant, Johann David (1872). Raphael of Urbino and his father Giovanni Santi. Macmillan and Co. p. 68. Retrieved 24 June 2010.