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"Doge Leonardo Loredan", Oil by Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516, Italy)
Doge Leonardo Loredan is a 1501 painting by the Italian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini. It portrays Leonardo Loredan, Doge of Venice from 1501 to 1521, in his ceremonial garments with the corno worn over a linen cap. He is shown here wearing his robes of state for this formal portrait. The hat and ornate buttons are part of the official wardrobe. The sitter can be identified as Doge Loredan by comparing his features with portrait medals of him. The shape of the hat comes from the hood of a doublet. It is called a 'corno' and was worn over a linen cap. Bellini signed his name in its Latin form on the cartellino, or 'small paper', on the parapet. It is on display in the National Gallery in London.