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Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-94)

A man from behind c.1555

RCIN 904823

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A study for a man at the foot of a ladder in Tintoretto’s Crucifixion, painted for the church of San Severo, Venice and now in the Accademia. It is a finely preserved example of the artist’s rapid drawing technique, with the line of the cross in the final composition added with a couple of strokes of brown oil paint. Such drawings must have been executed in huge numbers by Tintoretto, but only a tiny proportion survive. No. 85