Daniele Barbaro

1545
The historian Paolo Giovio assembled a celebrated collection of portraits of the great men of the past and present. In 1544 he asked the Venetian nobleman Daniele Barbaro (1514–1570), a noted scholar, for his portrait – something of an honour. In turn, Barbaro chose Titian, the greatest painter in Venice. Titian made two versions of the portrait – this for Giovio and another, today in the Prado Museum, likely for Barbaro himself – painting them side-by-side. He began with this canvas, where he worked out details and the choice of colours, making changes as he painted; it was also likely finished in a sitting with Barbaro. Thanks to recent restoration, we can again appreciate the painting, which Giovio praised for its refinement and subtlety. The restoration of this painting was made possible through the generous support of VKS Art. Frame: carved and gilded wood. Italy (Tuscany), mid 16th century
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