Jacopo Palma Vecchio
XVII-century engraving, supposedly a portrait of Palma Vecchio
Short-lived artist, well-regarded painter of the greatest period of Venetian art, of the same generation as Titian. His less good grandnephew was Palma Giovane (1544–1628).
His high-quality pictures are well executed and decorative but have the misfortune to be emotionally empty (the fate of many artists who just fail to reach the first rank). Had great success with half-lengths of sumptuous blonds masquerading as goddesses and saints (high Venetian fashion of the day).
Jacopo Palma Vecchio’s major works are Portrait of a Poet, c. 1516 (London: National Gallery); A Blonde Woman, c. 1520 (London: National Gallery); Venus and Cupid, c. 1523–24 (Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum); Judith, 1525–28 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.