The unidentified sitter in this portrait, painted in Venice in the workshop of Domenico Tintoretto, son of the more famous Jacopo, is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court. The somewhat dark-skinned sitter is dressed, however, in European costume, although the white sash around his waist lends a touch of the exotic. The rectangular package on the table next to him, wrapped in white and secured with a wax seal, may indicate his role as a diplomat or an envoy. According to contemporary sources, Domenico's studio was often visited by diplomats commissioning portraits.
Portrait of a Man
Workshop of Domenico Tintoretto
Venice ca. 1600.
Oil on canvas.
50 x 40 inches (1270 x 1016 mm)
Purchased by J.P. Morgan, Jr., 1929.
The Marquis of Dufferin, Ireland; Thomas Agnew, London; from whom purchased by J.P. Morgan, Jr. in December 1929.