Portrait of a Man

The identity of the sitter has not been established. The inscription records that Alvise Vivarini of Murano made this. Murano is one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. It is the only portrait by the artist which is authenticated by a signature.

Alvise was the son of Antonio Vivarini and nephew of Bartolomeo Vivarini (both painters). He was employed by the Venetian state from 1488.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
living 1457; died 1503/5
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
1497
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
62.2 x 47 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2672
Location in Gallery