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Giuseppe Porta, called Salviati (1520–1575)
Bellerophon Killing the Chimera
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk, on blue paper faded to gray brown; squared in red and black chalk
10 7/8 x 9 1/8 inches (275 x 232 mm.)
Gift of Janos Scholz, 1973; 1973.42
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Porta left Rome with his master, Francesco Salviati—whose name he later assumed—and arrived in Venice in July 1539. In that year he executed his most important commission in fresco, an ambitious ceiling for the Sala dell'Anticollegio in the Palazzo Ducale, which was destroyed by fire in 1574. Although he did not develop a pronounced individual style, Porta is partially responsible for bringing central Italian Mannerism to Venice.

This drawing is thought to be the study for a lost fresco painted on the facade of Nicolo Bernardo's house in Campo di San Polo, Venice.

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