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Portrait of Antonio (?) Correr

Image credit: The National Gallery, London

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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.

The National Gallery, London



Portrait of Antonio (?) Correr




Oil on canvas


H 125.7 x W 97.2 cm

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Mond Bequest, 1924

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