Portrait of a Lady in Mourning

Tintoretto, Jacopo (1518-1594) | Painter
unbekannt (1518-1594) | Person(s) shown


Many aristocrats had their portraits painted by Tintoretto in Venice, but only three portraits of women by him have survived. Depictions of widows from this period are extremely rare. The light emphasizes the head and hands. This unnamed bereaved woman holds a rosary and a pair of gloves. Her wedding ring is a reference to her husband. The combination of a long black dress with a black veil identifies her as being in mourning, but in Venice this colour was not reserved exclusively for bereavement.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1550/55
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 265 A