Today’s post is definitely one for the history buffs among us; a sepia toned Christopher Columbus portrait.
I say this is a Christopher Columbus portrait when in actual fact during the Explorer’s life time either no portraits were made of him or none survived. Portraits after Christopher’s death were made from descriptions of people who knew him personally such as his second son Fernando (Ferdinand Columbus).
The description given by Fernando of his father:
The Admiral was “of good stature and appearance, taller than the average and strongly limbed: the eyes lively and other parts of the face of good proportion, the hair very red, and the face somewhat ruddy and freckled ….” long visaged with cheeks somewhat high, but neither fat nor thin. He had an aquiline nose and his eyes were light in colour; his complexion too was light, but kindling to a vivid red. In youth his hair was blond, but when he came to his thirtieth year it all turned white.
Below are more portraits of Columbus: