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This serious-looking young man is Marco Barbarigo, known as ‘Marco the Rich’, Venetian consul in London in 1449 and Doge of Venice – the elected head of state – in 1485. This portrait was apparently painted while he was in London: he holds a letter addressed to ‘the eminent and distinguished lord Marco Barbarigo’. The address, ‘Londonis’, is partly hidden by his fingers.

The National Gallery, London



about 1449-50


Oil on oak


H 24.2 x W 16 cm

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Bought, 1862

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