Venetian Heritage has purchased and donated to the Museum of Palazzo Grimani the portrait of Giovanni Grimani (1506 – 1593), Patriarch of Aquileia and one of the most illustrious members of this aristocratic Venetian family to which we owe the current aspect of the palace located in Santa Maria Formosa and the collection of statues once located in the room of the palace called the Tribuna.
The portrait, attributed to Domenico Tintoretto and dated to the early seventeenth century, is now located in the Sala a Fogliami as part of the project Domus Grimani 1594-2019, the exceptional exhibition that celebrates the return of Giovanni Grimani’s collection of classic statues to Palazzo Grimani, after more than four centuries.
Thanks to a report by the Ufficio Esportazioni di Milano del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo, the painting was purchased by the Venetian Heritage Foundation, who had it restored thanks to a generous donation by Emilio Ambasz, and has donated it to the Museo Statale di Palazzo Grimani: an operation that perfectly combines the protection and promotion of the national artistic heritage and is an outstanding example of cooperation between public and private sector.
The arrival of this work of art in Palazzo Grimani fills a significant gap in the collection. There was no portrait of the paron de casa to whom we owe the present appearance of the building, which is a rarity in Venice thanks to an architecture that recalls the Roman domus and the Renaissance buildings of Rome. The palace was frequented by intellectuals, writers, artists, as well as members of the aristocracy or even sovereigns who visited Venice in the Renaissance. Its aspect is a result of the interventions ordered by Vittore Grimani and by his brother Giovanni during the sixteenth century and is characterized by Tuscan-Roman Mannerist decorations, with frescoes and stuccoes by Francesco Salviati, Federico Zuccari and Giovanni da Udine, a student of Raphael.