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Vincenzo Catena: 'Portrait of the Doge, Andrea Gritti'

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The identification of the sitter is confirmed by comparison with portrait medals. Andrea Gritti (1455 - 1538) was elected Doge of Venice in 1523; the painting was probably made soon afterwards. The device on the ring represents the doge kneeling before Saint Mark, patron of Venice. The portrait itself may have hung near a religious image, for the Doge's attitude is one of dignified adoration.

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