Ο Χριστός στις Τέχνες
Το Πρόσωπο του Χριστού
Christ in Heaven with Four Saints & a Donor,
wood, Civic Picture Gallery and Museum, Volterra.
Pordenone - (Italian, 1483-1539)
also known as Giovanni Antonio de' Sacchis
Il Pordenone, byname of Giovanni Antonio de' Sacchis (c. 1483 - 1539) was an Italian painter of the Venetian school. Vasari, his main biographer, identifies him as Giovanni Antonio Licinio.
He was commonly named Il Pordenone from having been born in 1483 at Corticelli, a village near Pordenone in Friuli. He ultimately dropped the name of Licinio, having quarrelled with his brothers, one of whom had wounded him in the hand; he then called himself Regillo, or De Regillo. His signature runs Antonius Portunaensis, or De Portunaonis. He was created a cavaliere by Charles V.
As a painter Pordenone was a scholar of Pellegrino da S. Daniele, but a leading influence of his style was Giorgione; the popular story that he was a fellow-pupil with Titian under Giovanni Bellini is false. The district about Pordenone had been somewhat fertile in capable painters; but Pordenone is the best known, a vigorous chiaroscurist and flesh painter. The 1911 Britannica states that "so far as mere flesh-painting is concerned he was barely inferior to Titian in breadth, pulpiness and tone". The two were rivals for a time, and Licinio would sometimes affect to wear arms while he was painting. He excelled in portraits; he was equally at home in fresco and in oil-color. He executed many works in Pordenone and elsewhere in Friuli, Cremona, and Venice; at one time he settled in Piacenza, where one of his most celebrated church pictures, St. Catherine disputing with the Doctors in Alexandria is located; the figure of St. Paul in connection with this picture is his own portrait.