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Portrait of a Man

Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco), Italian, (1477 (or 1478)–before November 7, 1510)

Creation date: 1506
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1941.100
State/Province: Venice
Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (30.16 x 25.72 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

David Curror, England (mid 19th century - late 19th century)

Alexander Terris, London, England (late 19th century - ca. 1913)

T. Agnew & Sons, London, England (ca. 1913 - ca. 1917)

David Koester, England (ca. 1930 - ca. 1941)

Lilienfeld Galleries, Inc., New York, New York (1941 - ca. December 22, 1941)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (before December 22, 1941 - December 22, 1941)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 22, 1941 - )

Label Copy

The principal masterpiece of the San Diego Museum of Art's collection of Italian paintings, Giorgione’s Portrait of a Man (often identified as the “Terris Portrait” after the name of a former owner) is indeed one of the greatest Renaissance portraits in the United States. The work epitomizes what Vasari called the “modern manner,” in which Giorgione sought to paint “living and natural things.” In a notable contrast to the sculptural surfaces common in 15th-century painting, Giorgione’s brushstrokes lack precise detail but surpass those of all earlier painters in their ability to describe warm flesh and soft hair. The composition is closely cropped around the head of the sitter, and the setting or props often used to animate portrait paintings are absent, but the man’s turning gaze and ambiguous expression nonetheless make the work wholly engaging and alive. His somber demeanor seems to be emphasized by the dark tonality of the work, but technical examination has revealed that his now-black jacket was painted with blue and red pigments that have darkened with time: this serious man was originally seen in a flamboyant purple garment.
Last Updated: 9/6/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Golden Century of Venetian Painting Los Angeles County Museum of Art , 10/30/1979 - 1/27/1980

Le siècle de Titien: L'âge d'or de la peinture à Venise Réunion des musées des nationaux , 3/9/1993 - 6/14/1993

Study purposes , 4/8/2002 - 5/1/2002

Giorgione: Myth and Enigma Kunsthistorisches Museum , 3/23/2004 - 7/11/2004

Art of Portraits The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/27/2016 - 00/00/00

In the Age of Giorgione Royal Academy of Arts , 3/15/2016 - 6/16/2016

Glory of Venice Denver Art Museum , 10/2/2016 - 6/18/2017

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Philippe Morel and Daniel Arasse. L'art italien, du IVe siècle à la Renaissance Éditions Citadelles & Mazenod. Paris, France, 1997
Page Number: 495, 497, Figure Number: 584

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 50, 51, 52, Figure Number: 51

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 87

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 104

Dr. Holly Witchey. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 110, 111, Figure Number: 111

Gilles Fage, ed. Le siècle de Titien: Réunion des musées nationaux. Paris, France, 1993
Page Number: 40, Figure Number: 28

Jaynie Anderson. Giorgione: The Painter of 'Poetic Brevity,' Flammarion. New York, New York, 1997
Page Number: 113-117, 350, notes 26-27, Figure Number: 67 (verso), 68, 69 (verso)

Jaynie Anderson. Giorgione: The Painter of 'Poetic Brevity,' Flammarion. New York, New York, 1997
Page Number: 297-298, Figure Number: 68

Jaynie Anderson. Giorgione: Peintre de la "Brièveté Poétique," Editions de la Lagune. Paris, France, 1996
Page Number: 113-117, Figure Number: 68 (verso), 69, 70 (verso)

Jaynie Anderson. Giorgione: Peintre de la "Brièveté Poétique," Editions de la Lagune. Paris, France, 1996
Page Number: 297-298, Figure Number: 297

Terisio Pignatti and Kenneth Donahue. The Golden Century of Venetian Painting Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, California, 1979
Page Number: 48, 49, Figure Number: 9

Terisio Pignatti and Kenneth Donahue. The Golden Century of Venetian Painting Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, California, 1979
Page Number: 158

Luigi Coletti. All the Paintings of Giorgione Hawthorn Books, Inc.. New York, New York, 1961
Page Number: 32

Luigi Coletti. All the Paintings of Giorgione Hawthorn Books, Inc.. New York, New York, 1961
Page Number: 51, Plate 90 and Plate 91

Luigi Coletti. All the Paintings of Giorgione Hawthorn Books, Inc.. New York, New York, 1961
Page Number: 65

Luigi Coletti. All the Paintings of Giorgione Hawthorn Books, Inc.. New York, New York, 1961
Page Number: 90, 91, Figure Number: 90, 91 (detail)

Luigi Coletti. Tutta la pittura di Giorgione Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italy, May 1955
Page Number: 44

Luigi Coletti. Tutta la pittura di Giorgione Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italy, May 1955
Page Number: 62 Tav. 90, 63 Tav. 91

Luigi Coletti. Tutta la pittura di Giorgione Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italy, May 1955
Page Number: 75

Luigi Coletti. Tutta la pittura di Giorgione Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italy, May 1955
Page Number: 90, 91, Figure Number: 90, 91 (detail)

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Venetian School: Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1957
Page Number: 125

Günther Tschmelitsch. Zorzo, genannt Giorgione: Wilhelm Braumüller. Wien, Austria, 1975
Page Number: 336-337

Günther Tschmelitsch. Zorzo, genannt Giorgione: Wilhelm Braumüller. Wien, Austria, 1975
Page Number: 504, Abb. 93, Figure Number: 93

Günther Tschmelitsch. Zorzo, genannt Giorgione: Wilhelm Braumüller. Wien, Austria, 1975
Page Number: 507, Figure Number: 93

Günther Tschmelitsch. Zorzo, genannt Giorgione: Wilhelm Braumüller. Wien, Austria, 1975
Page Number: 508, Figure Number: 93

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione: Electa Editrice. Milano, Italy, 1978
Page Number: 71

Terisio Pignatti. Titian: Prestel-Verlag. Munich, Germany, 1990
Page Number: 69, 71, 72, 73, Figure Number: 5

Ludwig von Baldass. Giorgione Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. New York, New York, 1964
Page Number: 35, 43, Figure Number: 22

Günther Heinz. Giorgione Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. New York, New York, 1964
Page Number: 156, no. 18

Pietro Zampetti. The Complete Paintings of Giorgione Weidenfeld and Nicolson. London, England, 1970
Page Number: 16, 67, Figure Number: 51

Pietro Zampetti. The Complete Paintings of Giorgione Weidenfeld and Nicolson. London, England, 1970
Page Number: 93, Figure Number: 24

Pietro Zampetti. L'opera completa di Giorgione Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italy, January 1968
Page Number: 16, 67, Figure Number: 51

Pietro Zampetti. L'opera completa di Giorgione Rizzoli Editore. Milano, Italy, January 1968
Page Number: 92-93, Figure Number: 24

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Figure Number: 109

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Page Number: 42, 44, 46

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Page Number: 68-69, 71-72, Figure Number: 31 (detail of inscription on reverse)

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Page Number: 110-111, no. 26, 114, 115

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Page Number: 38, 40

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Page Number: 126, 127, 133, 135, 136

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1971
Page Number: 146

George Martin Richter. Giorgio da Castelfranco, The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1937
Page Number: 95

George Martin Richter. Giorgio da Castelfranco, The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1937
Page Number: 124

George Martin Richter. Giorgio da Castelfranco, The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1937
Page Number: 226, 227, 253-254, Figure Number: 48 (detail of inscription)

George Martin Richter. Giorgio da Castelfranco, The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1937
Page Number: pl. L, Figure Number: 48

George Martin Richter. Giorgio da Castelfranco, The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1937
Page Number: 524

Giles Robertson. The Burlington Magazine The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd.. London, England, August 1971
Page Number: 477

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 525

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Page Number: 38, 40

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Page Number: 67-68, 70, Figure Number: 31 (detail of inscription)

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Page Number: 109-110, no. 26, 113

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Page Number: 124, 130, 132

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Page Number: 142

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Figure Number: 109

Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Alfieri, Edizioni d'Arte. Venezia, Italy, 1969
Page Number: 42, 44

Antonio Morassi. Rinascimento Europeo e Rinascimento Veneziano Sansoni. Venezia, Italia, 1967
Page Number: 198-199

Terisio Pignatti. Venezia: Arsenale Editrice. Venezia, Italia, 1989
Page Number: 163, 164, Figure Number: 163

Paola della Pergola. Giorgione Aldo Martello Editore. Milano, Italia, 1957
Page Number: 29-30

Paola della Pergola. Giorgione Aldo Martello Editore. Milano, Italia, 1957
Figure Number: 52

Paola della Pergola. Giorgione Aldo Martello Editore. Milano, Italia, 1957
Page Number: no. 52

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 631

Giuseppe Fiocco. Giorgione: Instituto Italiano d'arti Grafiche. Bergamo, Italia, March 1948
Page Number: 33

Giuseppe Fiocco. Giorgione: Instituto Italiano d'arti Grafiche. Bergamo, Italia, March 1948
Page Number: 49, no. 118

Giuseppe Fiocco. Giorgione: Instituto Italiano d'arti Grafiche. Bergamo, Italia, March 1948
Page Number: 118, Figure Number: 118

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 65, 67, Figure Number: 67

Ludwig von Baldass. Giorgione Verlag Anton Schroll & Co.. München, Germany, 1964
Page Number: 34, 43, Figure Number: 22

Günther Heinz. Giorgione Verlag Anton Schroll & Co.. München, Germany, 1964
Page Number: 153, no. 18

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Page Number: 126

George Martin Richter and Georges de Batz. Giorgione and His Circle The Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland, January 1942
Page Number: 10, 16

Antonio Morassi. Giorgione Ulrico Hoepli Editore. Milano, Italia, 1942
Page Number: 99-100

Antonio Morassi. Giorgione Ulrico Hoepli Editore. Milano, Italia, 1942
Page Number: 169, Tavv. 104-105

Antonio Morassi. Giorgione Ulrico Hoepli Editore. Milano, Italia, 1942
Page Number: 104, 105, Figure Number: 104, 105 (detail)

Antonio Morassi. Giorgione Ulrico Hoepli Editore. Milano, Italia, 1942
Page Number: 223, nos. 105 and 105

Calendar The J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu, California, Fall 1993

Calendar San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, January 1994 - February 1994
Page Number: 1, 4, Figure Number: 1 (detail), 4

Klára Garas. Acta Historiae Artium Akadémiai Nyomda. Budapest, Hungary, 1972
Page Number: 125-135, Figure Number: 2, 4 (detail)

Charles Mathes. Treasures of American Art Museums The Mallard Press. New York, New York, 1991
Page Number: 211

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, June 1947
Page Number: 30

Peter Humfrey and Martin Kemp. The Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionaries, Inc.. New York, New York, 1996
Page Number: 669, Figure Number: 2

Peter Humfrey and Martin Kemp. The Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionaries, Inc.. New York, New York, 1996
Page Number: 672

Filippo Pedrocco and Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 1999
Page Number: 178, 179, Figure Number: 29

Terisio Pignatti and Filippo Pedrocco. Giorgione Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 1999
Page Number: 40

Terisio Pignatti and Filippo Pedrocco. Giorgione Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 1999
Page Number: 74, 79-80, 81

Terisio Pignatti and Filippo Pedrocco. Giorgione Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 1999
Page Number: 83

Filippo Pedrocco and Terisio Pignatti. Giorgione Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 1999
Page Number: 195, no. 29

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Page Number: 226

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Page Number: 24, 25, 312 note 9, Figure Number: 16

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Page Number: 4-5, Figure Number: 5

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Page Number: 109, Figure Number: 109

Bernard Aikema. Giorgione: Marsilio Editori s.p.a.. Venezia, Italia, 2003
Page Number: 73, 74, Figure Number: 45

Mr. Charles Hope. Giorgione of Titian? The Council of the Frick Collection Lecture Series. New York, New York, 2003
Page Number: 29-30, Figure Number: 15

Sylvia Ferino-Pagden. Giorgione: Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria, 2004
Page Number: 16

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Page Number: 26, 29-30 note 55

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Page Number: 202-205, Figure Number: 9 (and details)

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Page Number: 59

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Page Number: 33, Figure Number: 25 (detail)

Mr. Wolfgang L. Eller. Giorgione—Catalogue Raisonne, Michael Imhoff Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. Petersberg, Germany, 2007
Page Number: 40 no. A25

Mr. Wolfgang L. Eller. Giorgione—Catalogue Raisonne, Michael Imhoff Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. Petersberg, Germany, 2007
Page Number: 138-140 no. 25, Figure Number: 25

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Page Number: 88, Figure Number: 47

Mr. Pierre Rosenberg. Titien: l'estrange homme au gant 2010
Page Number: 135

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Page Number: 24-40, Figure Number: Figure 6

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Page Number: 227, Figure Number: 198

Angelica Daneo, ed. Glory of Venice Denver Art Museum. Denver, Colorado, 2016
Page Number: 96, 97, Figure Number: 37

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