Self-portrait (1588) by Tintoretto

Self-portrait - Tintoretto - 1588

Artwork Information

MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions63 x 52 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France
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About Self-portrait

Tintoretto’s self-portrait, created around 1588, depicts the artist as old and exhausted. The painting can be found in the Louvre Museum in Paris and was originally part of the Orleans Collection before being purchased by Marie Antoinette. This self-portrait is considered an early and forceful representation of Tintoretto.

The painting features the artist’s face glowing with light against a dark background. It is believed to be one of the first autonomous self-portraits in European art where the brushwork of the artist is visible. Unlike other portraits that depicted artists as idealized versions of themselves, Tintoretto’s portrayal shows his aging features accurately.

During Tintoretto’s time, only a few artists would depict themselves in their art pieces. However, he became one of them due to his claim and expertise in turning down numerous commissions demanded from him by nobility seeking his services for creating masterpieces during his time. By doing so he limited himself to working within moderate means making life difficult over surviving with enough money on many occasions during his younger days until he gained recognition for work through involvement with illustrious individuals later on.

Overall, Tintoretto’s self-portrait stands out for its unique approach to portraiture and is a remarkable piece among other artworks in Europe during that period. Art lovers from all around come specifically searching for this artwork at prominent museums it’s displayed across due to its significant historical value attached to it alongside being an exquisitely detailed depiction showcasing creative mastery at a young age intersecting realism heightened by dramatic lighting techniques developed modestly outside conventional norm even centuries following initial creation up through modern times today as well!

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