Inventory number
P00382
Author
Tintoretto, Domenico
Title
Lady Baring her Breast
Chronology
Sixteenth-century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
62 cm x 55,6 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection

A depiction of a Venetian courtesan, probably the famous Veronica Franco (1546-1591). By playing with the model's gaze and clothing, the painter offers the viewer a subtly erotic game in which insinuation prevails over exhibition, so that the view of her breast is countered by her face in profile, giving her an air of mystery.

While originally attributed to Jacopo Tintoretto, this work is closer to that of his son, Domenico, who differed from his father in his greater emphasis on drawing and on the figures finish.

 
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