Doge Niccolò Marcello

The portrait appears to be a copy of a lost portrait. It looks quite like another in the Vatican Gallery. These seem to be identified as Niccolò Marcello on the basis of its resemblence, not actually very close, to a medal in which he is named on the inscription. This medal may in fact be the source for the image, or it may, as the later inscription implies, copy a portrait by Gentile himself. Its date is unknown.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1460; died 1507
Full title
Doge Niccolò Marcello
Date made
after 1474
Medium and support
Oil on wood
62.2 x 45.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery