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Jacopo Tintoretto and the Portrait Study at Metropolitan Museum of Art [New York]

Head and shoulders portrait of a man, seen frontally, the head slightly inclined to the left, looking at the spectator. He has greying hair cut at the level of the ears, with a fringe.

This is a picture of exceptional quality, strong in form and charac
Head of a Man (Portrait Study) ©

In celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, this exhibition will focus on a small group of portrait studies that are among the most forward-looking of the Venetian artist's works. The exhibition will bring together several previously unknown head studies to demonstrate the remarkable modernity of these closely-observed works. On loan from Her Majesty The Queen is Tintoretto's strikingly realistic Head of a Man (Portrait Study). This portrait depicts the same man found in a three-quarter length seated portrait in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's own permanent collection. Shown alongside one and other in the exhibition, this is a rare opportunity to compare a lively study and a formal, finished work.

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