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Workshop of Giovanni Bellini: 'A Dominican, with the Attributes of Saint Peter Martyr'

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This damaged picture was originally a portrait of a Dominican friar and not a representation of Saint Peter Martyr, whose attributes of the palm, sword and knife were added probably in about 1600.

At this time a green curtain hanging behind the unidentified sitter was also obscured with black paint. The signature appears to be original, and though the picture is sometimes thought to be a production of the studio, its high quality, particularly in the subtle depiction of the facial expression, suggests it was painted by Giovanni Bellini himself in the 1490s.