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The inscription records that this portrait was painted ‘in the year 1554 in the month of May [or March], in the 22nd year of his age’. Unfortunately, the identity of the young man has been lost. However, the three-quarter-length format, with the man’s hand resting on a sword, indicates a person of rank and importance. Tintoretto is best known for the large colourful religious subjects he painted for the churches of his native Venice.
oil on canvas
H 121 x W 93.3 cm
Inscribed: ANNO 1554 MENSE MA/AETATIS SUAE 22