Venetian, c. 1490 - 1576
Cardinal Pietro Bembo, c. 1540
oil on canvas
overall: 94.5 x 76.5 cm (37 3/16 x 30 1/8 in.) framed: 124.6 x 106.7 x 11.4 cm (49 1/16 x 42 x 4 1/2 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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Probably commissioned by the sitter, Cardinal Pietro Bembo [d. 1547], Padua and Rome. Leoni Galli; in 1636 to Cardinal Antonio Barberini [d. 1671], Rome; by inheritance to Maffeo Barberini, Principe di Palestrina, Rome; by inheritance to the Barberini collection, Rome until at least 1890. Elia Volpi [1858-1938], Florence; sold 1905 to (Colnaghi's, London and New York); on joint account with (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); sold 1906 to Charles M. Schwab, New York; (Schwab sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 3 December 1942, no. 32); purchased by Stephen Pichetto for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1952 to NGA.
 Recorded in 1644 and 1671 inventories; see Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of the Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:482-483, note 1 and 8.
 Listed in posthumous inventory of 1686; see Shapley reference cited in note 1.
 Recorded in a 1730 inventory of Cardinal Francesco II Barberini, according to the Getty Provenance Index.
 Details of ownership by Volpi, Colnaghi, and Knoedler, and the Schwab purchase date, are according to the Getty Provenance Index, and the archives at Knoedler & Co., courtesy of Edye Weissler. The painting was in Colnaghi's private ledgers, and was Knoedler's London number 3828 and New York number 10755. The Knoedler archives citation reads "4/30/06, stock no. 10755, Titian Cardinal Bembo."
 According to the Getty Provenance Index.
- Barberini, Antonio, Cardinal
- Barberini, Maffeo, Prince
- Colnaghi, London
- Galli, Leoni
- Knoedler & Company, M.
- Kress Foundation, Samuel H. (Kress number K1333)
- Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
- Pichetto, Stephen
- Schwab, Charles M.
- Volpi, Elia, Professor
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