Alessandro Vittoria (1524/25–1608)

Artist: Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, Verona 1528–1588 Venice)

Date: ca. 1580

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 43 1/2 x 32 1/4 in. (110.5 x 81.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1946

Accession Number: 46.31


In this portrait the features of the greatest Venetian sculptor of the later sixteenth century, Alessandro Vittoria, are recorded by the greatest painter of his generation, Veronese. Vittoria is shown with the model for one of his most famous statues, the Saint Sebastian, carved in 1561–62 for the church of San Francesco della Vigna in Venice. This figure was later cast by Vittoria twice as a bronze statuette—one of these belongs to the Metropolitan. Vittoria had portraits of himself holding his own sculpture painted by eminent artists at various times in his life; five were hung near the studio in his house where they could be seen by clients and visitors. This portrait was done around 1580 when the sitter was about fifty-five.