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  • Portrait of a Man (Francesco Bassano?)

    Artist:
    Tintoretto, Domenico (Domenico Robusti). 1562
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    79x cm

Tintoretto, Domenico (Domenico Robusti). 1562

Portrait of a Man (Francesco Bassano?)

Italy, Between 1586 and 1589

Among Domenico Tintoretto’s extensive artistic legacy, the Hermitage’s Portrait of a Man attracts particular attention for an exceptionally high standard of execution that immediately sets it apart from the fairly monotone gallery of images that the artist produced. Here he does not confine himself to the accurate likeness of the model’s facial features, but also produces an expressive, psychologically complex depiction. Few of Domenico’s works can be ranked on a par with this painting. Sadly, the Hermitage portrait does not contain details that would reveal the occupation of its subject: the half-length composition is actually the result of the work having been cut down at some point, which stripped the figure of the dynamism that the movement of the hands would have given. This defect was in part corrected in the course of restoration: straightening out the edges revealed cuffs embellished with lace and the man’s right hand resting on his hip. However, it is still difficult to guess what gesture the left hand was making. It may have been pointing to some object that indicated the model’s profession. Tradition associates the subject of this portrait with the name of Francesco Bassano. That opinion is based on his resemblance to the Bassano’s own painting in the gallery of self-portraits at the Uffizi in Florence and the sculptural portrait of the artist by Girolamo Campagna in the Museo Civico of Bassano del Grappa. Domenico was closely akin in his work to the masters of the realistic portrait who worked in the Venetian Terraferma. His best works in the genre can be compared to those of Giovanni Battista Moroni.

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Portrait of a Man (Francesco Bassano?)

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oil

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79x cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3566

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