Project Description

Portrait of Marcello Durazzo, Antoon Van Dyck, 1621-1627
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Venice

Project
Restoration of the painting 
Portrait of Marcello DurazzoAnthony Van Dyck, 1621-1627

Location
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Venice

Project Director
Claudia Cremonini

Technical Consultant
Alfeo Michieletto

Contractor
Claudia Vittori, Venice

Funding
Arthemisia
Michelangelo Foundation
Marco Voena
Venetian Heritage

Start date
June 2018

End date
August 2018

Cost
28.060,00 €

This great canvas of the patrician Marcello Durazzo is considered one of Van Dyck’s most sophisticated works. It is the pendant to a painting of Durazzo’s wife Caterina. Originally in the Durazzo family collection, the portrait was purchased by Baron Giorgio Franchetti at the end of the nineteenth century and placed in the Ca’ d’Oro. The painting is datable to between 1621 and 1627, the years of Van Dyck’s time in Genoa, when he made a substantial impression in Italian baroque painting.
Following the Spanish-influenced fashion of the time, the portrait uses dark colors with hues of blacks and browns interacting with the red curtain in the back- ground, which opens to reveal a view of the sky streaked by clouds – an evident homage to the Venetian pictorial tradition.
Venetian Heritage, in collaboration with Michelangelo Foundation, Arthemisia, and Marco Voena, supported efforts to repair the widespread inconsistent glazing, overpainting, and inpainting on the original surface caused by prior restorations.