Portrait of a Man

Object Details


Portrait of a Man


Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, 1528 - 1588)




Italy (Place created)


about 1576 - 1578


Oil on canvas


192.1 x 134 cm (75 5/8 x 52 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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The identity of this man is a mystery. Originally, scholars thought the painting was a self-portrait by Paolo Veronese, but no one can confirm this speculation since Veronese's appearance is otherwise completely unknown. Best known for his large decorative fresco cycles, Veronese did not paint many portraits. For him to have taken the time to paint this large, impressive portrait points to the commission's importance.

The man leans on the base of a structure with fluted columns. In a niche between the columns is a marble sculpture of a draped female figure, of which only the lower portion is visible. Carved reliefs, barely discernible, adorn the sides of the architectural base. These clues may refer to the subject's profession, perhaps that of a sculptor or architect. In the background at the lower left is the Venetian basilica of San Marco, placed in an imaginary rural setting. Most likely, the inclusion of San Marco alludes to the sitter's association with the church or the Venetian state.


Possibly Lodovico Moscardo, Italian (Verona, Italy), possibly by inheritance to his son, Moscardo Moscardi.

and possibly D. A. Hoogendijk Gallery [sold, Spink sale, Sotheby's, London, December 16, 1953, lot 145, to Alexander Wengraf.]

- 1785

Possibly Count Moscardo Moscardi (Verona, Italy), possibly by inheritance to his daughter, Teresa Moscardo, in 1785.

1785 - 1802

Possibly Countess Teresa Moscardo, 1747 - (Verona, Italy), sold to Richard Vickris Pryor, 1802.

1802 -

Richard Vickris Pryor, - 1813/1814 (England)

- 1939

Mrs. Douglas Graham (Wonastow Court, Monmouth, Wales), sold to C. Marshall Spink, Ltd., and D.A. Hoogendijk Gallery, 1939.

1939 - 1940

Spink & Son, Ltd. (London, England)

1939 - 1940

and D. A. Hoogendijk Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), sold to Herman Göring, 1940.

1940 - about 1945

Hermann Göring, 1893 - 1946 (Carinhall, Schorfheide, Brandenburg, Germany), returned to C. Marshall Spink, Ltd. and possibly D.A. Hoogendijk, about 1945.

about 1945 - 1953

Spink & Son, Ltd. (London, England)

1953 - 1956

Alexander Wengraf (London, England), sold to Wildenstein & Co., 1956.

1956 - 1964

Wildenstein & Company (New York, New York), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1964.

1964 - 1971

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

The Art of Paolo Veronese: 1528 - 1588 (November 13, 1988 to February 20, 1989) (Cat. 79)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), November 13, 1988 to February 20, 1989
The Secular Veronese (September 22, 2004 to June 13, 2005) (Cat. 79)
  • Musée du Luxembourg, (Paris), September 22, 2004 to January 30, 2005
Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice (December 7, 2012 to April 14, 2013) (Cat. 16)
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, (Sarasota), December 7, 2012 to April 14, 2013
Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice (March 19 to June 15, 2014) (Cat. 16)
  • The National Gallery (London), March 19 to June 15, 2014
Paolo Veronese. The Illusion of Reality (July 5, 2014 to October 5, 2014) (60)
  • Palazzo della Gran Guardia, (Verona), July 5 to October 5, 2014

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965), pp. 31-32, 104, 108-9, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., ed. The J. Paul Getty Museum: Greek and Roman Antiquities, Western European Paintings, French Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth Century (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975), pp. 69, 90-91, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976), pp. 63, 65, ill.

Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum, rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976), pp. 63, 65.

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), pp. 70-71, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 90.

Reinewald, Chris. "Musea en Galeries in Amerika. Het Getty Museum: Een Romeinse villa aan de Pacific Coast." Tableau 9, no. 4 (February 1987), pp. 65, 67.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), unpaginated, no. 10, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995), unpaginated, no. 12, ill., entry by Burton B. Fredericksen.

Humfrey, Peter. Painting in Renaissance Venice (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), p. 250, no. 182.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 130, ill.

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