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Provenance

Dr. Pellegrini, Venice; sold 1786 to Sir Abraham Hume [1749-1838], Wormley Bury, Hertfordshire;[1] by inheritance to his grandson, John Hume Cust, 2nd viscount Alford [1812-1851], Ashridge Park, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire [painting at Ashridge Park];[2] by inheritance to his son, John William Spencer Brownlow Egerton-Cust, 2nd earl Brownlow [1842-1867], Ashridge Park; by inheritance to his brother, Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd earl Brownlow [1844-1921], Ashridge Park; his estate; (Brownlow sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 4 and 7 May 1923, 1st day, no. 12); purchased by Vickers for (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold May 1936 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[3] gift 1939 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1912
Early Venetian Pictures and Other Works of Art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1912, no. 27 (no. 68, pl. XLVIII in illustrated catalogue), as Portrait of a Man.
1927
Fifth Loan Exhibition of Old and Modern Masters, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1927, no. 3, as Portrait of the Condottiere Bartolommeo Colleoni.
1933
Sixteenth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters. Italian Paintings of the XIV to XVI Century, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1933, no. 95, repro., as Portrait of Bartolommeo Colleoni.
1935
Fifteenth Century Portraits, M. Knoedler and Company, New York, 1935, no. 8, repro., as Portrait of Bartolommeo Colleoni.
1938
Venetian Paintings of the 15th & 16th Centuries, M. Knoedler and Company, New York, 1938, no. 3, repro., as Portrait of Condottiere Bartolommeo Colleoni.
1940
Italian Renaissance Portraits, M. Knoedler and Company, New York, 1940, no. 5, repro., as Bartolommeo Colleoni.
Bibliography
1941
Duveen Brothers. Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941: no. 87, repro., as Portrait of Bartolommeo Colleoni [Presumed].
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 20-21, no. 335, pl. II, as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 246, repro. 69, as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1944
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds., Masterpieces of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1944: 60, color repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1944
Frankfurter, Alfred M. The Kress Collection in the National Gallery. New York, 1944: 46, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1945
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 91, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1951
Einstein, Lewis. Looking at Italian Pictures in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1951: 74-78, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 140, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1959
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Early Italian Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959 (Booklet Number Three in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.): 40, color repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 92, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 11, as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1966
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 1:152, color repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 4, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1968
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools, XV-XVI Century. London, 1968: 40-41, fig. 95.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 20, repro., as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:36-38, II:pl. 24, as Portrait of a Condottiere.
1980
Schulz, Anne Markham. "A Portrait of Giovanni Emo in the National Gallery of Art." Studies in the History of Art 9 (1980): 7-11, fig. 1, 2.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 110, no. 84, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 40, repro.
2003
Boskovits, Miklós, and David Alan Brown, et al. Italian Paintings of the Fifteenth Century. The Systematic Catalogue of the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2003: 75-79, color repro.
2008
Giovanni Bellini. Exh. cat. by Mauro Lucco and Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa. Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, 2008-2009. Milan, 2008: 35, 82 fig. 7.