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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.

Key facts
Artist Jacopo Tintoretto
Artist dates about 1518 - 1594
Full title Portrait of Vincenzo Morosini
Date made about 1575-80
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 85.3 x 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 in Gallery Not on display
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