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Palma il Giovane's Popularity

Fri, March 23, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Harrah's Hotel, 2nd Level - Vieux Carré Salon II

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Whilst Palma il Giovane’s popularity has suffered from decisive decline, in 1648 Ridolfi described him as: ‘accompagnato da buona Fortuna e copioso d’amici.’ A close friend of Alessandro Vittoria, Domenico Tintoretto and Antonio Vassilacchi, Ridolfi recounts that Palma’s friends were so good at finding commissions for him that he rarely had to leave home to procure them! Palma’s fashioning of an artistic identity that emphasised his links to both Titian and his grand-uncle, Palma il Vecchio, was crucial to his success, as were his influential circle of supporters and collaborators. This paper will therefore consider how friendship, rather than rivalry, advanced the careers of both Palma and the artists of the Sette Maniere. It will explore the reasons for their domination of the production of devotional works in Venice during the late 16th and early 17th-centuries, and examine the networks that connected them.

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