Portrait of Stefano Nani

The figure '17' in the inscription presumably refers to the sitter's age. The inscription also seems to indicate that he came from Auro in the province of Brescia. He is later recorded as a senior civil servant in Venice and held the posts of 'Scrivan delle Rason vecchie' in 1542 and he was also 'Scrivan of the Scuola della Trinità' in Venice.

The pensive mood and assurance of pose are derived from Titian's portraits and perhaps from Giorgione.

Key facts

Artist dates
before 1491? - after 1549
Full title
Portrait of Stefano Nani
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
91.4 x 77 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1890
Inventory number
Location in Gallery