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Marco Grimani
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
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Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

Venice (Italy), 1518 - Venice, 1594

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Marco Grimani

1576 - 1583. Oil on canvas.
Room 010B

A portrait of Marco Grimani (d. 1583), a Venetian senator and contemporary of Tintoretto. In keeping with the artist´s customary portrait compositions, the sitter appears slightly turned, over a black background, and gazing fixedly at the viewer. The placement of his left arm opens the work´s perspective into a third dimension. This realistic representation of the model is characteristic of Tintoretto, who differed from his contemporaries in his faithful depiction of his sitters. The attributes of Grimani´s social stature are shown, including his red velvet clothing with ermine skins, but neither his age nor his personality traits are idealized. The artist uses light to bring out the most important details, such as his hands and face, which contrast with the black background. Tintoretto became especially famous for his portraits, thanks to which he had his first successes in sixteenth-century Venice.

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Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
Marco Grimani
1576 - 1583
Height: 77 cm; Width: 63 cm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Reinach, Salomon, Repertoire de Peintures du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance. I, Ernest Leroux, Paris, 1912, pp. 310.

Dyke, John C.Van, Madrid. Critical Notes on the Prado, Charles Scribners'Sons, Nueva York, 1914.

Pittaluga, Mary, Il Tintoretto, Nicola Zanichelli, Bolonia, 1924, pp. 274.

Noul, M., Sotomayor, F., Muguruza, P., Les chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée du Prado, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Ginebra, 1939.

Tietze, Hans, Tintoretto. The Paintings and Drawings, Phaidon, Londres, 1948, pp. lám. 182.

Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, 1958, pp. 10.

Arte Veneta., ARTE VENETA: RIVISTA DI STORIA DELL ARTE FONDATA NEL 1947, 23, 1969, pp. 82 / lám. 90.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Rossi, Paola, Jacopo Tintoretto: i ritratti, Alfieri, Venecia, 1973, pp. lám. 178.

Bernari, Carlo, La obra pictorica completa de Tintoretto, Noguer, Barcelona, 1974.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: pintura italiana anterior a 1600, Gredos, Madrid, 1979, pp. 219.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 687-688.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Rossi, Paola, Tintoretto : i ritratti, Electa, 1990, pp. 69,95, 210 L 178 n. 76.

Jacopo Tintoretto. Ritrati, Electa, Milano, 1994, pp. 158-159.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, Tiziano y la monarquía hispánica: usos y funciones de la pintura veneciana en España (siglos XVI y XVII), Nerea, Madrid, 1994, pp. 281, n. 78.

Martínez Leiva, Gloria; Rodríguez Rebollo, Ángel, El inventario del Alcázar de Madrid de 1666. Felipe IV y su colección artística, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, 2015, pp. 552 nº 822.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 414.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 913.
Tintoretto. / 913. Retrato de un senador de Venecia. / Vestido con ropon carmesi con vueltas de armiños, cabello y barba blancos. (busto con manos). / Alto 2 pies, 9 pulg, ancho 2 pies, 3 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 913.

Exhibitions +

Jacopo Tintoretto - I ritrati
31.07.1994 - 30.10.1994

Jacopo Tintoretto - I ritrati
26.03.1994 - 10.07.1994

Location +

Room 010B (On Display)

Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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