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Nazario Nazari, Andrea Tron

Key facts
Full title Andrea Tron
Artist Nazario Nazari
Artist dates 1724 - after 1793
Date made about 1750
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 249.6 × 165.9 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1881
Inventory number NG1102
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Andrea Tron
Nazario Nazari

Andrea Tron belonged to one of the most important families in Venice. He served twice as a Venetian ambassador, to Paris and to Vienna. Here, the embroidered sash across his left shoulder shows that he is a Knight of the Golden Stole, a Venetian order of knighthood. This honour was usually bestowed by the senate when an ambassador returned to Venice, and Tron may have received it after returning from Paris in 1748.

For all this portrait’s grandeur, Nazari has captured Tron’s portly figure, beady eyes, thin brows and sagging chin. Tron, dressed in a maroon robe and holding a pair of white gloves, greets us with self-important expression. He stands on a patterned rug, the bold colouring of which complements his clothing and the curtain with its golden tassel trim. The writing material on the table and simple but grand setting remind us of Tron’s position as a senator and his duties in public office.

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