Francesco II Gonzaga, Fourth Marquis of Mantua
tempera on poplar panel
26.5 x 21 cm (10 7/16 x 8 1/4 in)
J. Quincy Shaw, Boston.  (Schoenemann Galleries, Inc., New York); sold 24 July 1940 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1943 to NGA.  Lionello Venturi, writing to Mr. Schoenemann on 28 March 1940 (copy of letter in NGA curatorial files), informs him that "Your picture was formerly in the collection of the late Mr. J. Quincy Shaw, Boston." Further attempts to identify Mr. Shaw have been unsuccessful.  The bill of sale from Schoenemann to the Kress Foundation (copy in NGA curatorial files) describes the painting as "'Portrait Of A Young Man' profile, blue background, by Ercole da Ferrara, also known as Ercole Roberti."