Jacopo Tintoretto

Portrait of an Elderly Man with a Beard

c. 1565-1575
Tintoretto spent almost his entire career in Venice producing his greatest works for the Venetian charitable brotherhoods, namely the Scuola di San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Marco. His own boast was that his work combined the draughtsmanship of Michelangelo with the colour of Titian. Here the artist gives ample attention to details such as the sitter's fur-lined robe, the texture of his skin, and his flowing, grey beard, but it is above all the realism of the old man's commanding gaze that draws us into this portrait. Frame: carved wood, gilded. Italy, second half 16th century
Title
Portrait of an Elderly Man with a Beard
Date
c. 1565-1575
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
75.3 x 59 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1921
Accession number
1824