A Venetian merchant and avid art collector, Bartolomeo della Nave’s collection became one of the most outstanding collections in 17th-century Venice, growing to contain over 20 pieces by Titian, including Christ and the Adulteress, and over 100 paintings in total. His holdings grew extensively after he acquired a large portion of Cardinal Pietro Bembo’s antiques collection. In 1636 his collection was put up for sale, probably because of his death, with several buyers, including the 3rd Marquesse of Hamilton, Charles I, and Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, who expressed an interest. The collection eventually went to the Marquesse of Hamilton. (NB)
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