The painting "Portrait of a Young Man" was made by Sandro Botticelli with tempera and oil paints on a tree, tentatively in 1483.
Genre - portrait.
The full-face portrait depicts a young man with a pleasant dreamy face, large expressive brown eyes. The direct and open look attracts attention. There is not a shadow of doubt, fear, embarrassment, or annoyance in him. In a completely open face, freedom shines through. One gets the impression that the person being portrayed takes it absolutely calmly that the viewer will examine it and try to catch every movement of the soul, whether it is a dream or disappointment. Perhaps the image even contains some intentional demonstrativeness.
Eyebrows, nose and puffy, slightly asymmetrical lips are beautifully drawn.
The color of the eyes and hair, free waves descending on the shoulders, in harmony with the color of the tunic. On the head is a red beret.
The portrait is presented on a dark background.
The full-face image of a man was very unusual for Italian painting of the 15th century. Usually portrayed were painted in profile or in three quarters. Another feature of the portrait is an attempt to convey the inner world of the young man, his feelings and anxieties. The mirror of the soul, of course, the eyes. They are alive, filled with some disappointment and resentment. This impression is complemented by the lowered corners of the mouth tightly closed in a stubborn rush of mouth.
Wonderful black-and-white pattern and saturated colors make the contours softer and give the picture volume and depth. The contours are so light, and the colors are soft and real, which seems to be just about and the young man will come to life.
The image is static. There is not a single detail that would strive to convey the movement, but in this portrait it, perhaps, would only hinder the character and inner state of the young man.
The work is stored in the National Gallery, London.