Tintoretto (Jacopo di Giovanni Battista Robusti), Italian (active Venice), 1519 - 1594
This dramatically intimate self-portrait announced the arrival of a new talent on the Venetian art scene; Tintoretto painted it when he was just beginning his career. The picture follows the Venetian portraiture tradition of showing the subject's head emerging from a dark background and making the eyes the focus of attention.
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