GIOVANNI CONTARINI | Saint Sebastian
12,000 - 18,000 EUR
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- Giovanni Contarini
- Saint Sebastian
- Signed lower centre: IOANNES/CONTARENVS/.F.
- Oil on canvas
- 197,5 x 100,5 cm; 77 3/4 by 39 1/2 in.
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 23 June 1982, lot 62.
Born in Venice in 1549, Contarini was a skilled student of the works of Tintoretto and formeostly Titian, whose style he tried to emulate. Contarini's own work is more mannered, with soft contours, as can be observed in the present work. Some years of his life were passed at the court of the Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, with whom he was a great favorite and by whom he was knighted. At least one other version of this composition, also signed and with minor changes, is recorded and was formerly in a Viennese private collection (1929).