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Portrait of Giovanni Paolo Cornaro, 1561

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 102 x 81.2 cm
  • Inv. 1914-CL

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The Portrait of humanist Giovanni Paolo Cornaro, at the age of thirty-two, dates from 1561 and is a perfect example of a status portrait. Stylistically speaking this work belongs to the official style of Venetian portrait painting, whereby the figures are always represented against a dark background. The work was painted by Venetian artist Jacopo Robusti, also known as Il Tintoretto. The portrait was painted during the artist’s heyday. The person portrayed here was a connoisseur of antique culture and a member of the prominent Venetian Cornaro family. Several of its members were renowned humanists and artists. Tintoretto portrayed Cornaro in a half-figure portrait, with his left hand on the head of a sculpture of a woman, a broad reference to the character’s cultural background.

Artist

Tintoretto RKD
Venice 1518 - 1519 - Venice 1594
painters (artists)AAT

Title Portrait of Giovanni Paolo Cornaro
Date 1561
Period 16th century
Location Venice TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription and year at the right on the plinth of the two columns: IO PAVLVS CORNELIVS / HERMOLAI . A . Æ . SVÆ / XXXII . A . CHR . MDLXI .
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1914-CL
Acquisition credit bequest
Scribe, Fernand
Ghent
1913
Current whereabouts Work on display
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IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/147/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A25 postures and gestures of arms and hands Iconclass
31A255 postures and gestures of hand and fingers Iconclass
31A2551 postures and gestures of the hand Iconclass
31A534 beard Iconclass
31A5341 moustache Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
41D222(COLLAR) neck-gear: collar Iconclass
41D2664 ring Iconclass
48C145 architectural settings in paintings, sculptures, etc. Iconclass
48C16 architectural detail Iconclass
48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture Iconclass
48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture Iconclass
49L8 inscription Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(GIOVANNI PAOLO CORNARO) historical person (GIOVANNI PAOLO CORNARO) Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Tintoretto's Portraits of Giovanni Grimani (exhibition Venice, Palazzo Grimani, 17.04-08.09.2024) / Daniele Ferrara, Valeria Finocchi, Giorgio Tagliaferro, Francesco Trentini. - Firenze : Marsilio Arte, 2024 (p.87-89)
David Bowie's Tintoretto : Angel Foretelling the Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria / Ben Van Beneden, Nicola Jennings, Riccardo Lattuada, Christina Currie, Xavier F. Salomon. - London : Colnaghi Foundation, 2017 (p. 111)
Uber einige Bildnisse von Tintoretto / D.F. Von Hadeln. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 41, p. 36-37)
Opere del Tintoretto smarrite o di malsicura identificazione / M. Pittaluga. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 29, p. 139)
Italian Pictures of the Renaissance : A List of the Principal Artists and their Works with an Index of Places / Bernard Berenson. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1953 (p. 560)
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 132)
Tintoretto : Gemälde und Zeichnungen ; Mit dreihundert Abbildungen / Hans Tietze. - Londen : Phaidon Press, 1948 (p. 351)
Guide du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, Orné de 52 reproductions de tableaux : Extrait du guide illustré de Gand / Jos. Casier. - Gand : Anc. Maison d'édition Vanderpoorten, 1949 (p. 29)
Italian Pictures of the Renaissance : A List of the Principal Artists and their Works with an Index of Places / Bernard Berenson. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1953 (p. 560)
Jacopo Tintoretto / Jan-Pieter Ballegeer. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 60-61)
Jacopo Tintoretto / Hélène Brunin. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 336, nr. 726)
Tout l'oeuvre peint de Tintoret / Pierluigi De Vecchi, Sylvie Béguin. - Paris : Flammarion, 1971 (nr. 143)
Jacopo Tintoretto : Rittratti (mostra Venezia, Gallerie dell' Accademia, 25.3 - 10.6.1994) / Paola Rossi, Giovanna Nepi Sciré. - Milano : Electa, 1994 (dl. 1, p. 49, 107)
Tintoretto : Le opere sacre e profane / Rodolfo Pallucchini, Paola Rossi. - Milano : Gruppo Editoriale Electa, 1982 (p. 79-80)
'"Rimembranze d'infinite cose" : Le collezione rinascimentali di antichità', in: Memoria del l'antico nell' arte italiana, a cura di S. Settis / C. Franzoni. - Turijn : [s.n.] : 1984 (dl. 1, p. 302)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Robert Hoozee. - Brussel : Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, 1988 (p. 33, 35)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent = Museum of Fine Arts Ghent / Claudie De Guillebon, Jacques Ostier, Robert Hoozee, Monique Tahon-Vanroose. - Parijs : Association des Amis de "Musées 2000", 1989 (p. 26 (ill.))
'La ritrattistica di Paolo Pino e una divagazoine: 'contemplando li fragmenti antichi'', in: Paolo Pino teorico d'arte e artista..., a cura di A. Mazza / S. Mason. - Scorzé : [s.n.] : 1992 (p. 85)
De vrienden van Scribe : De Europese smaak van een Gents mecenas (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 12 december 1998 - 14 maart 1999) / Monique Tahon-Vanroose, Robert Hoozee. - Gent : Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, 1998 ; Antwerpen : Pandora, 1998 (p. 28-29 (ill.))
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 273 (ill. 21))
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (p. 24 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 20 (ill.), 158-159 (ill.))
Tintoretto (Mostra Roma, Scuderie del Quirinale, 25.02.2012 - 10.06.2012) / Vittorio Sgarbi, Melania G. Mazzucco, Alessandro Zuccari. - Milano : Skira, 2012
Serial - Portable Classic : The Greek Canon and its Mutations ; Serial Classic : Multiplying Art in Greece and Rome (exhibition in Milan, Fondazione Prada, 09.05 - 24.08.2015 ; Portable Classic : Ancient Greece to Modern Europe (exhibition in Venice, Fondazione Prada, 09-05 - 13.09.2015) / Salvatore Settis, Anna Anguissola, Davide Gasparotto, Maurizio Ferraris, Lothar Ledderose, Rem Koolhaas. - Milan : Fondazione Prada, 2015 (p. 242 [p. 50])
Il collezionismo d'arte a Venezia. Dalle origini al Cinquecento / Michel Hochmann, Rosella Lauber, Stefania Mason, Irene Favaretto, Linda Borean, Matteo Mancini. - Venezia : Marsilio Editore, 2008 ; Venezia : Fondazione di Venezia, 2008 (p. 226 (ill.), 264 (ill.))
Tintoretto, 1519-1594 (exhibition Venice, Fondazione Musei Civici-Palazzo Ducale, 07.09.2018 - 06.01.2019 ; 'Tintoretto : Artist of Renaissance Venice', Washington, National Gallery of Art, 10.03 - 07.07.2019) / Robert Echols, Frederick Ilchman, Stefania Mason, Roland Krischel, Susannah Rutherglen. - Venice : Marsilio, 2018 (p. 47 (ill. 36))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
De vrienden rond het museum : Het Gentse kunstnetwerk in relatie tot de collectieuitbreiding van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (1870-1914) / Julie Landuyt. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 47)
onder vrienden : 225 jaar verzamelaars rond het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 25.11.2023 - 28.04.2024) / Johan De Smet, Frederica Van Dam, Willy Van der Gucht, Manfred Sellink. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2023 ; Gent : De Vrienden van het Museum, 2023 (p. 58, cat. 68 (ill.))
Rare and Indispensable : Masterpieces from Flemish Collections (exhibition Antwerp, MAS, 31.10.2023-25.02.2024) / Thomas Leysen, Ben Van Beneden, Abigail D. Newman, Annemie de Vos, Adriaan Gonnissen. - Antwerp : MAS, 2023 ; Kontich : BAI, 2023 (p.146-147)
Zeldzaam en onmisbaar : Topstukken uit Vlaamse collecties (tentoonstelling Antwerpen, MAS, 31.10.2023-25.02.2024) / Thomas Leysen, Ben Van Beneden, Abigail D. Newman, Annemie de Vos, Adriaan Gonnissen. - Antwerpen : MAS, 2023 ; Kontich : BAI, 2023
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