Marco Barbarigo

The inscription on the letter identifies the sitter as Marco Barbarigo (about 1413 - 1486). Marco, son of Francesco Barbarigo, Procurator of San Marco (who died in August 1448), was in London from about 1445 and in February 1449 was Venetian consul in England. He became Doge in 1485. This painting is tentatively thought to have been painted during the period of his stay in London.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1422; died 1441
Full title
Marco Barbarigo
Date made
about 1449-50
Medium and support
Oil on oak
24.2 x 16 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
Location in Gallery