- Reference number
- Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
- A Venetian Admiral
- 82 cm x 67 cm
- On display
- Colección Real (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, primera sala de la Furriera, 1747, nº 37; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, paso de tribuna y trascuartos, 1772, nº 37; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, pieza de tocador, 1794, s.n.).
A portrait of a Venetian soldier wearing armor. He holds a baton in his right hand and his weapons in his left.
Turned, he extends his arm toward the viewer, thus opening a third dimension in this composition strengthened by the force of his gaze.
It has not been possible to confirm the identity of the sitter, but we must point out the similarity of this work's general composition to that of the portrait of Sebastiano Veniero at the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna.
Tintoretto made numerous portraits of soldiers during the fifteen seventies and many of them were to commemorate the sitters' participation in the Battle of Lepanto (1571).
This work was given to Felipe IV (1605-1665) by the Marquis of Leganés.