Baldassare Donato

Giovanni Carianibetween 1540 - 1547

Huntington Museum of Art

Huntington Museum of Art
Huntington, United States

The sitter, portrayed with a lute, is Baldassare Donato (1525/1530- 1603). Donato was a composer and a singer who lived in Venice. He made an important contribution to Italian music in the sixteenth century, and he is most celebrated for his light secular works, although he did compose several state ceremonial and ecclesiastical pieces. In 1590 he was named maestro di cappella of Saint Mark's and directed music there until his death. Musicians were a favorite subject for many Venetian portrait painters, underscoring the importance of all of the arts in sixteenth century Italy.


  • Title: Baldassare Donato
  • Creator: Giovanni Cariani
  • Date: between 1540 - 1547
  • Physical Dimensions: w28.625 x h34.875 in.
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Merian Wolfe
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on linen

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