Domenico Robusti called Domenico Tintoretto (attributed to) - inv. 4743

Titolo: 
Portrait of a Man
Numero di Inventario: 
4743
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Attributed to Domenico Robusti called Domenico Tintoretto (1560-1635)
Specifiche attribuzione: 
attributed to
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Venezia
Venice
Veneto
Italy
Periodo: 
1575
Datazione specifica: 
1598-1599 c.
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
oil on canvas
Data di Ingresso: 
2001
Acquisizione: 
Innocente Contini Bonacossi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Palma Room

This remarkable portrait shows an elegant young gentleman who is wearing a sober black velvet suit, with puffed breeches, a doublet richly embroidered in gold, and a white shirt with ruff collar. His right hand rests on a marble bust which stands on a table next to a gold snuffbox, while his left holds a handkerchief. Behind him, a window opens onto a green hilly landscape.
The meticulous and analytic paintwork and the elements in the background – defined by short luminous strokes – bring to mind Domenico Tintoretto, an excellent portrait painter like his father Jacopo. Indeed, both in technique and in composition, the work strikingly resembles a beautiful Portrait of a Lady in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, recently identified as Portrait of Margherita Gonzaga, widow of the duke of Ferrara Alfonso II d’Este and sister of the duke of Mantua Vincenzo Gonzaga, which Domenico Tintoretto had painted during a stay in Mantua in 1598–1599. It is therefore possible that our portrait was painted by Domenico Tintoretto in the same period as the Boston painting, during his stay at the end of the century in the courts of Ferrara and Mantua, and that it might consequently portray an important person (or keen collector?) at the Este or Gonzaga courts.
 
D.G.
H.G.