Tintoretto (Jacopo di Giovanni Battista Robusti), Italian (active Venice), 1519 - 1594

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1546-1548

Oil on canvas

17 3/4 x 15 inches (45.1 x 38.1 cm) Framed: 2 7/8 × 25 × 2 inches (7.3 × 63.5 × 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 252, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (ARCO Chemical Company Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Marion R. Ascoli and the Marion R. and Max Ascoli Fund in honor of Lessing Rosenwald, 1983

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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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