Portrait of Agostino Barbarigo

after c. 1571
(Italian, 1528–1588)
Framed: 136.2 x 136.2 x 12.1 cm (53 5/8 x 53 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.); Unframed: 102.2 x 104.2 cm (40 1/4 x 41 in.)
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The arrow symbolically indicates that this portrait was painted after the sitter died in battle.

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Barbarigo served as second in command of the Venetian naval forces during the Battle of Lepanto, fighting against the Ottoman Empire on October 7, 1571. During the skirmish, Barbarigo was slain by a Turkish arrow, which he holds in the portrait.

Barbarigo’s identity is defined by his military prowess. In the 1500s, Venetian military portraits often portrayed the sitter in armor in a pose typical of a Roman emperor, creating a link to the valor and might of ancient armies.
Portrait of Agostino Barbarigo

Portrait of Agostino Barbarigo

after c. 1571

Paolo Veronese

(Italian, 1528–1588)
Italy, Venice, 16th century

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