11 facts about Paris Bordone

By Gwylym Owen

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Paris Bordone (Paris Paschalinus Bordone; 5 July 1500 – 19 January 1571) was an Italian painter of the Venetian Renaissance who, despite training taking into consideration Titian, maintained a strand of Mannerist difficulty and provincial vigor.

Bordone was born in Treviso, but had moved to Venice by late adolescence. He apprenticed briefly and unhappily (according to Vasari) with Titian. Vasari may have met the elder Bordone.

Bordone’s works of the 1520s increase the Holy Family in Florence, Sacra Conversazione in imitation of Donor (Glasgow), and Holy Family taking into consideration St. Catherine (Hermitage Museum). The St. Ambrose and a Donor (1523) is now in the Pinacoteca di Brera. In 1525–26, Bordone painted an altarpiece for the church of S. Agostino in Crema, a Madonna subsequent to St. Christopher and St George (now in the Palazzo Tadini hoard at Lovere). A second altarpiece, Pentecost, is in addition to in the Pinacoteca di Brera.

In 1534–35, he painted his large-scale masterpiece for the Scuola di San Marco a canvas of The Fisherman Presenting the Ring to Doge Gradenigo (Accademia). However, comparison amid this latter painting and the near-contemporary, and structurally similar, Presentation of the Virgin reveals Bordone’s limitations, his use of sophisticated perspective which creates dwarfed preoccupied perspectives, and limited coloration relative to the brilliant tints of Titian.

Bordone with painted smaller cabinet pieces, showing half-figures, semi-undressed men and women from mythology or religious stories in a muscular associations despite the crowded space. He frequently comprehensive portraiture next allegory.

Paris Bordone in the same way as executed many important mural paintings in Venice, Treviso and Vicenza, all of which have perished. In 1538 he was invited to France by Francis I, at whose court he painted many portraits, though no trace of them is to be found in French collections, the two portraits at the Louvre being higher acquisitions. On his compensation journey he furthermore worked for the Fugger palace at Augsburg, but over the works have been lost.

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