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This feature first appeared in the August 2019 issue of FourFourTwo.

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Baldassare Castiglione. He was a 16th-century count – and, judging by his portrait, not a particularly handsome one. Visitors to the Louvre will have seen it because Castiglione just so happened to be a good friend of Raphael, the Renaissance master, who considered him a sufficiently interesting subject to paint. It was quite the compliment; the 1510s equivalent of having Rankin or Davide Sorrenti take your picture.  

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