VERONESE, Paolo
(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Portrait of Count Giuseppe da Porto with his Son Adriano

1551-52
Oil on canvas, 207 x 137 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

With their sensitive depictions of the children, the two Da Porto portraits are among the finest creations of the young Veronese. The harmony of colour and original construction of the seemingly natural poses are remarkable. By using full-length portraits, whose introduction Vasari ascribes to Titian, the painter was here trying out a type of portrait known to him not via Venice but from the Lombard painter Moretto da Brescia (1498-1554) and portraits in the style of his Nobleman of 1526. Particularly charming is the painterly depiction of the exquisite materials of the robes.




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