Portraits by Jacometto Veneziano

Jacometto Veneziano, ritratti

"Portrait of a Young Man", 15th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Very little is known of Jacometto Veneziano’s life. We don’t know when and where he was born and died, but only that he was active in the 15th century (likely between 1472 and 1497), and that his pictorial style echoes that of Antonello da Messina and Giovanni Bellini.

He is attributed a few illuminations (famously, the beautiful initial letters for the thirty-seven chapters of Pliny’s “Naturalis historia”, in the 1476 Venetian incunabulum edition) as well as a number of portraits, some of which you can see in our gallery below.

October 12, 2017