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Eirik Blodoks
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I think, sincerely, that the portrait of Columbus chosen for the game "Renaissance Wars" is not an official portrait. In fact, the Spanish Wikipedia page does not consider it an official portrait and the title of that picture is: Portrait of Man.

In Italy, and Cristoforo Colombo was Italian, the only recognized portrait is this:



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John Law
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LOL - before the internet, italian portrait rulez

(1984)
http://www.amazon.it/navigazioni-lusitane-nellAtlantico-Cris...

(1991)
http://www.amazon.it/historie-Cristoforo-Colombo-scritte-Fer...

(1992)
http://www.amazon.it/Cristoforo-Colombo-realt%C3%A0-e-lenigm...
 
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Musonius Rufus
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I don't believe there is an authentic portrait of Colombus.

No one knows exactly what he looked like as there are no surviving likenesses of him.

Any portrait done was the result of the artists imagination or based on written descriptions.

I could draw a picture of him and it would not be any more or less valid than any other; although it would certainly have a great deal less artistic value.

http://www.christopher-columbus.eu/portraits.htm

http://columbus.vanderkrogt.net/texts/portrait.html

The above referenced "portrait of a man" is often used in the USA to represent Columbus.

The Amazon links provided above are to contemporary biographies of Colombus and not works of either art history or art authentication. Because they were written in Italian does not make the portrait any more or less of an authentic representation.

The decision to use that portrait was likely driven by design decisions as much as anything else.
 
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Eirik Blodoks
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I never said the portrait of Columbus in my post is the authentic portrait of him.

My opinion about this "Portrait of a Man" http://columbus.vanderkrogt.net/texts/portraits/piombo.html

 
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