Tiziano (called Titian) Vecellio

Daniele Barbaro

1545
In 1544 Paolo Giovio, a famous historian and collector of portraits, asked the Venetian nobleman and scholar Barbaro (1514–1570) for his likeness. Barbaro, in turn, approached Titian, who made two versions – this for Giovio and another likely for himself – painting them side-by-side. The artist worked out the details and colours on this canvas, likely finishing it in a session with the sitter. Barbaro poses rather self-consciously and his gaze does not meet ours – his formidable intelligence is elsewhere, and we can study him closely. Frame: carved and gilded wood. Italy (Tuscany), mid-16th century The restoration of this painting was made possible through the generous support of VKS Art in 2012
Title
Daniele Barbaro
Date
1545
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
85.8 x 71.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1928
Accession number
3567