About this artwork

This lightly-sketched drawing is reminiscent of the work of Domenico’s father Jacopo Tintoretto, and there is a possibility that it may in fact be by the older artist. Figures in positions like this recur frequently in the work of both artists, which is not surprising as Domenico trained with his father. This figure is shown bending forward, his head seen from the top and his left arm and upper torso strongly foreshortened. This difficult pose is drawn with great skill and using very few lines, which is testimony to the talent of the draughtsman.

Domenico Tintoretto (Domenico Robusti)

Domenico Tintoretto (Domenico Robusti)

Domenico Robusti, or ‘Tintoretto’ as the family had come to be known, was the son and principal assistant of Jacopo Tintoretto. Jacopo was one of the greatest artists in sixteenth-century Venice, and his son Domenico was also exceptionally talented. Domenico’s career began in his father’s workshop, but he soon became an established artist in his own right. He was admitted to the painters’ guild in Venice aged only seventeen. Domenico’s particular talent as a painter of portraits meant that he was in high demand among both Venetian and foreign nobility. He continued to work alongside his father on many large-scale projects during the 1580s and 1590s, including the remarkable ‘Paradise’ in the Doge’s Palace.