Jacopo Tintoretto
Circle of

Portrait of a Man in Blue with a Handkerchief

c. 1575-1600
The figure’s enigmatic gesture – pointing to something outside the picture – engages our attention. The prominent handkerchief he holds was a fashionable prop and sign of status. The artist drew on Tintoretto’s work, both celebrated and condemned for its quick execution. Careful finish is rejected and we are aware of how the work was painted – and so can admire the artist’s ability to suggest rather than show. Jacopo Tintoretto’s son Domenico, who would inherit the family workshop, and Palma Giovane, who emulated the master’s style, have both been proposed as the painter.
Artist
Circle of
Title
Portrait of a Man in Blue with a Handkerchief
Date
c. 1575-1600
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
107.2 x 89.4 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1926
Accession number
3453