Saint Mark descends from heaven to save a slave from torture who had disobeyed his master in order to venerate the saint's relics. This is a sketch copy of 'The Miracle of Saint Mark' painted by Tintoretto for the Scuola Grande di San Marco (now Venice, Accademia) in 1548.

This work may be by William Etty (1787 - 1849), who was in Venice in 1832-3. He copied a number of works there, and became known as the 'English Tintoretto'. Other painters also studied Tintoretto, however. The work must date from after 1704 because the pigment Prussian blue has been detected, but no pigments new to the 19th-century were found, and so it may have been executed in the early part of the 19th century.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1518 - 1594
Full title
The Miracle of Saint Mark
Date made
probably 19th century
Medium and support
Oil on paper stuck down on canvas
Dimensions
42 x 60.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lady Lindsay, 1913
Inventory number
NG2900
Location in Gallery