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Portrait of a Man gm-00063401

Portrait of a Man gm-00063401

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Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, 1528–1588) The identity of this man is a mystery. At one point, scholars believed the painting may to be a self-portrait, but such speculation remains unconfirmed, since the sitter’s facial features differ somewhat from Veronese’s early self-portrait at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Though his talents in the genre are largely unrecognized by modern audiences, Veronese was once regarded as Venice’s greatest portraitist. Sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari, despite his bias toward Florentine artists, voiced his admiration of Veronese’s portraits, which he said were all “beautiful and truly representing the court of the pope and of the emperor and a Venetian Senate, with many noblemen and senators of that Republic portrayed from life.”

The man leans on the base of a structure with fluted columns. In a niche between the columns is a marble sculpture of a draped female figure, of which only the lower portion is visible. These clues may refer to the subject's profession, perhaps that of a sculptor or architect. Carved reliefs, barely discernible, adorn the sides of the architectural base. The one at the right perhaps illustrates a classical hero or a warrior in armor. His formal black attire and sword may also imply high military rank or membership in an order of knighthood. In the background at the lower left is the Venetian Basilica of San Marco, placed in an imaginary pastoral setting. The inclusion of the basilica likely alludes to the sitter's association with the church or the Venetian state. Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


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