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Paris Bordon or Bordone (1495 – January 19, 1570), was a
Venetian painter of the Renaissance, who while training with Titian,
maintained a strand of mannerist complexity and provincial vigor.
Bordone was born at Treviso, but
had moved to Venice by late adolescence. He apprenticed briefly and
unhappily (according to Vasari) with Titian. Vasari may have met the
From the 1520s, we have works by
Bordone including the Holy Family in Florence, Sacra Conversazione
with Donor (Glasgow), and Holy Family with St. Catherine (Hermitage
Museum). The St. Ambrose and a Donor (1523) is now in Brera. In
1525-6, Bordone painted an altarpiece for the church of S. Agostino
in Crema, a Madonna with St. Christopher and St George (now in the
Palazzo Tadini collection at Lovere). A second altarpiece,
Pentecost, is now in Brera gallery.
In 1534-5, he painted his
large-scale masterpiece for the Scuola di San Marco a canvas of the
Fisherman delivering the Marriage Ring of Venice to the Doge (Accademia).
However, when this latter painting is compared to the near-contemoporary,
and structurally similar, Presentation of the Virgin, Bordone's
limitations, his use of superior perspective, which creates dwarfed
distant perspectives, and limited coloration relative to the
brilliant tints of Titian.
Bordone is best at his smaller
cabinet pieces, showing half-figures, semi-undressed men and women
from mythology or religious stories in a muscular interaction
despite the crowded space.
Time Exposes Beauty.Paris Bordone subsequently 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 later acquisitions. On his return journey he also worked for
the Fugger palace at Augsburg.