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Jacopo Tintoretto, Portrait of Vincenzo Morosini

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Full title Portrait of Vincenzo Morosini
Artist Jacopo Tintoretto
Artist dates about 1518 - 1594
Date made about 1575-80
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 85.3 × 52.2 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by the Art Fund in commemoration of the Fund’s coming of age and of the National Gallery Centenary, 1924.
Inventory number NG4004
Location On loan: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, Chimei Museum, Tainan City, Taiwan
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of Vincenzo Morosini
Jacopo Tintoretto

Vincenzo Morosini (1511–1588) was a powerful Venetian official from one of the oldest, proudest and richest families of Venice. He was a Knight of the Golden Stole, a Venetian order of knighthood represented by the embroidered stole he wears over his shoulder.

He observes us with a shrewd and slightly suspicious expression. His face is carefully composed of many paint layers, while his clothes are rapidly dashed-in. The portrait is unusually narrow, and it may have been trimmed along the right-hand side.

Vincenzo Morosini appears in two other paintings in Venice by Tintoretto: a large ceiling canvas in the Doge’s Palace, inscribed with his name and dated 1580; and the altarpiece for his family chapel in the church of S. Giorgio Maggiore, in which he appears as a donor. The National Gallery’s portrait was probably made as a studio model for both paintings. Vincenzo may have had a special admiration for Tintoretto as he owned at least three further paintings by him.

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