Paris Bordon (or Paris Paschalinus Bordone; 5 July 1500 – 19 January 1571) was an Italian painter of the Venetian Renaissance who, despite training with Titian, maintained a strand of mannerist complexity and provincial vigor.
From the 1520s, we have works by Bordone, including the Holy Family in Florence, Sacra Conversazione with Donor (Glasgow), and Holy Family with St. Catherine (Hermitage Museum). The St. Ambrose and a Donor (1523) is now in the Pinacoteca di Brera. In 1525–26, Bordone painted an altarpiece for the church of S. Agostino in Crema, a Madonna with St. Christopher and St George (now in the Palazzo Tadini collection at Lovere). A second altarpiece, Pentecost, is now in Brera gallery.
In 1534–35, he painted his large-scale masterpiece for the Scuola di San Marco a canvas of the The Fisherman Presenting the Ring to Doge Gradenigo (Accademia). However, comparison between this latter painting and the near-contemporary, and structurally similar, Presentation of the Virgin reveals Bordone's limitations, his use of superior perspective which creates dwarfed distant perspectives, and limited coloration relative to the brilliant tints of Titian.
Bordone is at his best in his smaller cabinet pieces, showing half-figures, semi-undressed men and women from mythology or religious stories in a muscular interaction despite the crowded space.
Paris Bordone subsequently executed many important mural paintings in Venice, Treviso and Vicenza, all of which have perished. In 1538 he was invited to France by Francis I, at whose court he painted many portraits, though no trace of them is to be found in French collections, the two portraits at the Louvre being later acquisitions. On his return journey he also worked for the Fugger palace at Augsburg, but again the works have been lost.
Partial anthology of works
- Annunciation in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen
- Baptism of Christ in National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Bathsheba Bathing, with an African Servant - The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
- Chess Players in Berlin
- Daphnis and Chloe - Porczyński Gallery, Warsaw
- Holy Family - Bridgewater House, Westminster
- Madonna - the Tadini collection at Lovere
- Mythological picture - the Galleria Borghese, Rome
- Mythological picture - the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome
- The paintings in the Duomo of Treviso
- Perseus Armed by Mercury and Minerva - Birmingham Museum of Art
- A Portrait of a Lady - The National Gallery, London
- Portrait of Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio - Wawel Castle, Kraków
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