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Paris Bordone

Student of Titian

Venus and Mars with Cupid, by Bordone

Born in Treviso, Paris Bordone (1500–1571) was briefly a student and imitator of Titian, in fact such a good imitator that they fell out when Bordone was commissioned to do an altarpiece and Titian took the work instead. Bondone became especially known for his voluptuous, half dressed Venetian blondes, and at once point left Venice in 1538 to paint some at the court of Francis I in Fontainebleau, although next to none have survives (he was singularly posthumously unlucky: none of his recorded frescoes in Venice or in the Fugger Palace in Augsburg have survived, either).

However, his masterpiece hangs in the Accademia: the legend of the Fisherman Presenting the Ring to Doge Gradenigo, painted for the Scuola di San Marco in 1540. Also see his curious Jonah and the Whale in San Sebastiano.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art