Portrait of Federigo Gonzaga (Francesco Francia, 1510)

“Here’s what I like, Papa,” Patrick said, and Hemingway joined his son in front of “Portrait of Federigo Gonzaga (1500-1540) by Francesco Francia.  It shows, against a landscape, a small boy with long hair and a cloak.

“This is what we try to do when we write, Mousie,” Hemingway said, pointing to the trees in the background.  “We always have this in when we write.”

– “How Do You Like It Now, Gentleman,” by Lillian Ross, The New Yorker, May 13, 1950



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