Gennaro Basile was born in Naples, but found fame following his appointment as court painter to the Archbishop of Prague. He later won a number of secular and ecclesiastical commissions in the Austrian territories north and east of Vienna. In this self-portrait Basile presents himself as a skilled portrait painter, leaning over his shoulder to look directly at the viewer as if we have just interrupted him at his work.
Gennaro Basile Self-Portrait © Compton Verney
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