The Doge Leonardo Loredan (c. 1501-05) by Giovanni Bellini

The Doge Leonardo Loredan - Giovanni Bellini - c. 1501-05

Artwork Information

TitleThe Doge Leonardo Loredan
ArtistGiovanni Bellini
Datec. 1501-05
MediumOil, probably with some egg tempera, on poplar
Dimensions61.5 x 45 cm
Current LocationNational Gallery, London

About The Doge Leonardo Loredan

The portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan by Giovanni Bellini is a depiction of the Venetian leader who ruled between 1501 and 1521. In the painting, Loredan is portrayed in his official state robes, and the composition resembles a Roman sculpted portrait bust. The colors used in the painting were chosen to symbolize the Doge’s power and his duty to uphold the Venetian Republic.

Bellini’s rendering of Loredan’s robes is sensuous, and it includes an ornate hat and buttons that are part of the Doge’s official wardrobe. By comparing Loredan’s features with portrait medals of him, the sitter in the painting can undoubtedly be identified.

The painting was created between 1501 and 1505, demonstrating the high skill level of Bellini as an artist. Overall, the portrait provides valuable insight into the political and cultural context of Venice during the early 16th century, while also showcasing Bellini’s artistic talents.

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