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Room 1 - Veneto

PV.sala 1

PV.902.Giorgione.Doppio ritratto

Among the gold ground paintings there is the Sterbini Dyptich, portable altarpiece for private devotion, dated after 1317 due to the presence of Saint Louis of Toulouse, canonized that year. The painting was part of the collection of Giulio Sterbini, gifted to the Italian Government in 1940 by Giovanni Armenise. The two panels are a typical example of the Venetian medieval culture, that combined the Byzantine influence with the style of Duccio di Buoninsegna. The Byzantine tradition is also visible in the Choir of Angels, probably the upper fragment of an Incoronation of the Virgin, by Paolo Veneziano, the painter who turned the Venetian school to the Gothic Style at the half of the XIVth century. The

Head of a Woman by Pisanello is a fragment probably part of the fresco decoration in San Giovanni in Laterano, realized with Gentile da Fabriano in 1430-32 and then destroyed for the Jubilee of 1650. The Christ and the Adulteress, dated at the beginning of the XVIth century, is characterized by the typical Northern European hard strokes of contour lines; the painter, Niccolò de' Barbari, was probably the brother of the more famous artist Jacopo, author of the city map of Venice (1500). During the same time the most famous painting in Palazzo Venezia: the Double Portrait by Giorgione. The enigmatic masterpiece shows two men in opposite expressions and the foreground one has in his hand a "melangolo" (sour orange), all elements which suggests a love allegory interpretation.

The wooden sculpture, representing the Annunciated Virgin, around the second half of XVth century, is connected with the Paduan culture, particularly dynamic after Donatello and Mantegna activity.

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