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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;[1] by inheritance to Maffeo Barberini, Principe di Palestrina, Rome;[2] by inheritance to the Barberini collection, Rome until at least 1890.[3] 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;[4] (Schwab sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 3 December 1942, no. 32); purchased by Stephen Pichetto for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[5] gift 1952 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1920
Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1920, unnumbered catalogue.
1946
Recent Additions to the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 826.
1990
Tiziano [NGA title: Titian: Prince of Painters], Palazzo Ducale, Venice; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1990-1991, no. 31, repro.
1996
Treasures of Venice, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 1996, unnumbered cat., repro.
Bibliography
1877
Crowe, Joseph Archer, and Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle. Titian, His Life and Times. 2 vols. London, 1877: 1:417-419; 2:28-29.
1877
Crowe, Joseph Archer, and Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle. Tiziano: la sua vita e i suoi tempi. 2 vols. Florence, 1877–1878: 1:496-497; 2:422.
1879
Heath, Richard Ford. Titian. New York and London, 1879: 48, 91.
1884
Burckhardt, Jacob. Der Cicerone: eine Anleitung zum Genuss der Kunstwerke Italiens. Band 2, 2: Mittelalter und Renaissance. Leipzig, 1884: 761.
1886
Lafenestre, Georges. La vie et l’oeuvre de Titien. Paris, 1886: 185.
1890
Morelli, Giovanni. Kunstkritische Studien über italienische Malerei: die Galerien Borghese und Doria Panfili in Rom. Leipzig, 1890: 406.
1897
Morelli, Giovanni. Della pittura italiana, studi storico-critici: le Gallerie Borghese e Doria-Pamphi in Roma. Milan, 1897: 314-315.
1900
Morelli, Giovanni. Italian Painters. Critical Studies of their Works: the Borghese and Doria-Pamfili Galleries in Rome. London, 1900: 309-310.
1904
Fischel, Oskar. Tizian: Des Meisters Gemälde. Stuttgart [u.a.], 1904: no. 72.
1904
Gronau, Georg. Titian. London, 1904: 126.
1905
Lafenestre, Georges, and Eugène Richtenberger. La Peinture en Europe. Rome: les musées, les collections particulières, les palais. Paris, 1905: 157.
1907
Moon, George Washington. The Long-lost Titian Portrait of Bembo: Private Secretary to Pope Leo the Tenth. Brighton, 1907: 7.
1909
Lafenestre, Georges. La vie et l’oeuvre de Titien. Rev. ed. Paris, 1909: 164-165, 182.
1910
Ricketts, Charles. Titian. London, 1910: 100.
1914
Coggiola, Giulio. “Per l’iconografia di Pietro Bembo.” Atti del Reale Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti 74, pt. 2 (1914–1915): 484, 493.
1918
Basch, Victor. Titien. Paris, 1918: 162.
1920
Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. Loans and Special Features. Exh. cat. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1920: 8.
1928
Venturi, Adolfo. Storia dell’arte italiana. Vol. 9, pt. 3, La pittura del Cinquecento. Milan, 1928: 142.
1932
Berenson, Bernard. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: A List of the Principal Artists and their Works with an Index of Places. Oxford, 1932: 573.
1933
Suida, Wilhelm. Tizian. Zürich and Leipzig, 1933: 85, 111.
1936
Berenson, Bernard. Pitture italiane del rinascimento: catalogo dei principali artisti e delle loro opere con un indice dei luoghi. Translated by Emilio Cecchi. Milan, 1936: 493.
1936
Suida, Wilhelm. “New Light on Titian’s Portraits, II.” The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 68 (1936): 281.
1936
Tietze, Hans. Tizian: Leben und Werk. 2 vols. Vienna, 1936: 1:133, 168, 304.
1950
Tietze, Hans. Titian. The Paintings and Drawings. London, 1950: 337.
1951
Einstein, Lewis. Looking at Italian Pictures in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1951: 88-90, repro.
1957
Berenson, Bernard. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Venetian School. 2 vols. London, 1957: 1:192.
1959
Morassi, Antonio. “Titian.” In Encyclopedia of World Art. 17+ vols. London, 1959+, 14(1967): col. 139.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 193, repro.
1960
Dionisotti, Carlo. “Bembo, Pietro.” In Dizionario biografico degli italiani. Edited by Alberto Maria Ghisalberti. 82+ vols. Rome, 1960+: 8(1966):139.
1960
Valcanover, Francesco. Tutta la pittura di Tiziano. 2 vols. Milan, 1960: 1:71.
1964
Morassi, Antonio. Titian. Greenwich, CT, 1964: 38.
1965
Garas, Klara. Italian Renaissance Portraits. Budapest, 1965: no. 14.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 130.
1968
Ballarin, Alessandro. “Pittura veneziana nei Musei di Budapest, Dresda, Praga e Varsavia.” Arte Veneta 22 (1968): 246-247.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 117, repro.
1968
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools, XV-XVI Century. London, 1968: 180-181, fig. 433.
1969
Matteoli, Anna. “La ritrattistica del Bronzino nel ‘Limbo.’” Commentari 20, no. 4 (1969): 304-305.
1969
Pallucchini, Rodolfo. Tiziano. 2 vols. Florence, 1969: 1:100-101, 274.
1969
Valcanover, Francesco. L’opera completa di Tiziano. Milan, 1969: 111.
1969
Wethey, Harold. The Paintings of Titian. 3 vols. London, 1969-1975: 2(1971):26, 82, 83 cat. 15.
1970
Garas, Klara. “Die Bildnisse Pietro Bembos in Budapest.” Acta Historiae Artium 16 (1970): 63, 66 n. 22.
1972
Fredericksen, Burton B., and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972: 203, 510, 646.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 346, repro.
1975
Howard, Deborah. Jacopo Sansovino: Architecture and Patronage in Renaissance Venice. New Haven and London, 1975: 18-19.
1976
Krsek, Ivo. Tizian. Prague, 1976: 65.
1977
Tiziano, le lettere. Edited by Clemente Gandini from materials compiled by Celso Fabbro. Cadore, 1977: notes to pls. 24-25.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:482-483, II:pl. 343
1980
Fasolo, Ugo. Titian. Florence, 1980: 41.
1982
Alsop, Joseph. The Rare Art Traditions: The History of Art Collecting and Its Linked Phenomena Wherever These Have Appeared. Bollingen series 35, no. 27. New York, 1982: fig. 85.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 206, no. 247, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 397, repro.
1987
Berenson, Bernard, and Isabella Stuart Gardner. The Letters of the Bernard Berenson and Isabella Stuart Gardner, 1887–1924, with Correspondence by Mary Berenson. Edited and Annotated by Rollin van Hadley. Boston, 1987: 386-389.
1987
Burke, Peter. The Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Italy: Essays on Perception and Communication. Cambridge, 1987: 157-158.
1987
Wethey, Harold E. Titian and His Drawings, with Reference to Giorgione and Some Close Contemporaries. Princeton, 1987: 83 n. 80.
1990
Titian, Prince of Painters. Exh. cat. Palazzo Ducale, Venice; National Gallery of Art, Washington. Venice, 1990: 238.
1990
Wood, Jeremy. “Van Dyck’s Cabinet de Titien: The Contents and Dispersal of His Collection.” The Burlington Magazine 132 (1990): 681.
1991
Morelli, Giovanni. Della pittura italiana, studi storico-critici: le Gallerie Borghese e Doria-Pamphi in Roma. Edited by Jaynie Anderson. Rev. ed. Milan, 1991: 325.
1991
Zapperi, Roberto. “Tiziano e i Farnese: Aspetti economici del rapporto di committenza.” Bolletino d’arte 76 (1991): 39, 43.
1996
Burke, Peter. “Il ritratto veneziano del Cinquecento”. In Pittura nel Veneto. Il Cinquecento. Edited by Mauro Lucco. 3 vols. Milan, 1996-1999: 3(1999):1100.
1996
Gasparotto, Davide. “La barba di Pietro Bembo.” Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Ser. 4, Quaderni 1–2 (1996): 192-193.
1996
Mozzetti, Francesco. Tiziano: Ritratto di Pietro Aretino. Modena, 1996: 13.
1996
Robertson, Clare. “Cardinal Pietro Bembo.” In The Dictionary of Art. Edited by Jane Turner. 34 vols. New York and London, 1996: 3:698.
1998
Kaminsky, Marion. Titian. Cologne, 1998: 83.
1999
Sarti, Maria Giovanna. “Muta predicatio: il San Giovanni Battista di Tiziano.” Venezia Cinquecento 9, no. 17 (1999): 17.
1999
Valcanover, Francesco. Tiziano: I suoi pennelli sempre partorirono espressioni di vita. Florence, 1999: 267.
2001
Pedrocco, Filippo. Titian: The Complete Paintings. New York, 2001: 50, 172.
2004
Kidwell, Carol. Pietro Bembo: Lover, Linguist, Cardinal. Montreal, 2004: 391-392.
2005
entili, Augusto. “Il gesto. L’abito, il monaco.” Studi Tizianeschi 3 (2005): 50-52.
2005
Mancini, Matteo. “L’uso della copia del trivial pennello e l’attualità cronologica nella ritrattistica di Tiziano.” In Tizian versus Seisenegger: die Portraits Karls V. mit Hund. Ein Holbeinstreit. Edited by Sylvia Ferino-Pagden and Andreas Beyer. Turnhout, 2005: 138-142.
2006
Carratù, Tullia. “La société contemporaine.” In Titien: Le pouvoir en face. Exh. cat. Musée du Luxembourg, Paris. Milan, 2006: 157-158.
2006
Titien: Le pouvoir en face. Exh. cat. Musée du Luxembourg, Paris. Milan, 2006: 172.
2007
Humfrey, Peter. Titian: The Complete Paintings. Ghent and New York, 2007: 177.
2007
Romani, Vittoria. Tiziano e il tardo rinascimento a Venezia: Jacopo Bassano, Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese. Florence, 2007: 53, 56, 114.
2008
Allen, Denise, with Peta Motture. Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze. Exh. cat. The Frick Collection, New York. London, 2008: 44, 45, fig. III.5.
2008
Dal Pozzolo, Enrico Maria. Colori d’Amore. Parole, Gesti e Carezze nella Pitture Veneziana del Cinquecento. Treviso, 2008: 102, 181.
2008
Pincus, Debra. “Giovanni Bellini’s Humanist Signature: Pietro Bembo, Aldus Manutius and Humanism in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice.” Artibus et Historiae no. 58 (2008): 98-99, 102.
2008
Trentini, Francesco. “Questioni di carattere: il gioco del ritratti tra Erasmo, Sperone e Tiziano.” Venezia Cinquecento 18, no. 35 (2008): 117-119.
2011
Biferali, Frabrizio. Tiziano: Il genio e il potere. Rome, 2011: 140.
2011
Séris, Émilie. “La renaissance du nu antique à Venise: Pietro Bembo et le Titien.” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18 (2011): 204 n. 16.
2012
Gentili, Augusto. Tiziano. Milan, 2012: 201-203.
2012
Hale, Sheila. Titan: His Life. London, 2012: 118, 416.
2013
Beltramini, Guido, Davide Gasparotto, and Adolfo Tura, eds. Pietro Bembo e l’invenzione del Rinascimento. Exh. cat. Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Padua. Venice, 2013: 368-369.
2013
Firpo, Massimo. “Il cardinale Pietro Bembo.” In Pietro Bembo e le arti. Edited by Guido Beltramini, Howard Burns and Davide Gasparotto. Venice, 2013: 24.
2013
Humfrey, Peter, ed. The Reception of Titian in Britain: From Reynolds to Ruskin. Turnhout, 2013: 16.
2013
Marinelli, Sergio. “Pietro Bembo nella storia della pittura.” In Pietro Bembo e le arti. Edited by Guido Beltramini, Howard Burns and Davide Gasparotto. Venice, 2013: 475.
2013
"Vasari and the National Gallery of Art." National Gallery of Art Bulletin 48 (Spring 2013): 20, repro.
2013
Villa, Giovanni C. F., ed. Tiziano. Exh. cat., Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome. Milan, 2013: 182-183.
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