Portrait of the Doge, Andrea Gritti

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1506 - 1531
Full title
Portrait of the Doge, Andrea Gritti
Date made
probably 1523-31
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
97.2 x 79.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs Otto Gutekunst in memory of her husband, 1947
Inventory number
Location in Gallery