Portrait of Daniele Barbaro
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||121 cm × 105.5 cm (48 in × 41.5 in)|
|Location||On loan from the Rijksmuseum to the National Gallery, London|
There is a portrait by Veronese in the Pitti Palace, Florence, which has been described as Barbaro dressed as a Venetian aristocrat, but this identification is not certain.
Barbaro was also portrayed by Titian.
Daniele Barbaro was a member of the Venetian aristocracy (see Barbaro family). He was an important prelate, humanist and architectural theorist, who commissioned a number of works from Veronese. Veronese had been involved directly with Barbaro and his brother Marcantonio Barbaro, decorating the Villa Barbaro, Maser, which Palladio designed.
Here Barbaro is portrayed sitting in the audience posture (reserved normally for Popes and cardinals) in recognition of his status as cardinal and Patriarch of Aquileia.
The book standing up is the La Practica della Perspettiva, Barbaro's treatise on artistic perspective. The other volume on the table is Barbaro's "Commentary" on Vitruvius' De architectura, which has illustrations by Andrea Palladio. Barbaro's Commentary on Vitruvius was published in Italian in 1556, but the portrait may be linked to the publication of a second edition in Latin in the 1560s.
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