BORDONE, Paris
(b. 1500, Treviso, d. 1571, Venice)

Portrait of Nikolaus Körbler

1532
Oil on canvas, 100 x 78 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

Nikolaus Körbler came from a prosperous merchant family, known to have been in Judenburg since the late fifteenth century. he traded in medicinal and fragrant plants, and also vitriol, for which Venice was a major transshipment centre. Charles V rewarded him for his services to the imperial army by raising him to the nobility in 1532, probably the occasion for commissioning from Bordone.

The sitter's pose and contemplative manner place him in the line of Titian's portraits from the 1520s.




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