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Artist: Carpaccio, Attributed to Vittore 1 of 1
Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman

Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman, c.1510

Attributed to Vittore Carpaccio
Italian, 1455-1526
Oil on panel
14 x 10-3/4 in. (35.6 x 27.3 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Although damaged and suffering losses (especially in the hair and collar), this depiction of a formidable sitter is an example of the Venetian adaptation of Flemish portraiture that came to be the norm in Italy by the last quarter of the fifteenth century. The sitter, posed in three-quarters profile, turns his head to meet the viewer’s eyes. He is placed before a distant landscape with towers, animated figures, and a bright sky in conspicuous contrast with his dark hair and hat; all of these serve to accentuate his distinguished presence.

In the nineteenth century, this panel was variously attributed to two other Venetian artists: Giovanni Bellini and one of his students, Rocco Marconi. Portraits by Carpaccio are fairly rare, which—along with the painting’s abraded condition—may bring this attribution into question.

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Artist: Carpaccio, Attributed to Vittore 1 of 1