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Gregorio Lazzarini, Portrait of Antonio (?) Correr

Key facts
Full title Portrait of Antonio (?) Correr
Artist Gregorio Lazzarini
Artist dates 1655 - 1730
Date made 1685
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 125.7 × 97.2 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number NG3933
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of Antonio (?) Correr
Gregorio Lazzarini

The man in this portrait looks out at us with a quizzical glance. He wears a long wig, a furred robe and a prominent belt with 12 silver clasps, which tell us that he is a Venetian nobleman in winter dress. The inscription on the pilaster in the left background identifies the sitter as Antonio Correr, son of Vittore Correr, Procurator of San Marco (a guardian to Venice’s most famous square and its buildings). Painted below are the date of 1685, the Correr coat of arms and the artist’s name.

While Vittore Correr (1658–1714) did indeed become Procurator of San Marco in 1685, he is not known to have had any sons. It’s possible that the inscriptions have been tampered with and that the sitter could actually be Vittore. The date of 1685 was once thought to mark the year the portrait was painted, but this was not necessarily the purpose of the inscription: it is more likely meant to commemorate when Vittore won his appointment.

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