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  • Drawing
    Tintoretto, Jacopo, born 1519 - died 1594
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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1540-1594 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tintoretto, Jacopo, born 1519 - died 1594 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 34

Physical description

Study of a male figure, the hands tied behind and the head inclined as if from pain. Nude, except for drapery round the loins; On the reverse, study of a nude male figure, with his knees giving way under him; Very slight; Black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, drawn)


ca.1540-1594 (made)


Tintoretto, Jacopo, born 1519 - died 1594 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white


Height: 12.1 in, Width: 7.3 in

Descriptive line

Tintoretto, Jacopo; Study of male figure, hands tied behind and the head inclined; On the reverse, study of a nude male figure; Black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white; Venetian School; ca.1540-1594.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Ward-Jackson, Peter, Italian Drawings Volume I. 14th-16th century, London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1979, p. 160.

The text is as follows:

Jacopo Robusti (1518-94)


Recto Christ at the column
Inscribed in ink ‘G. Tintoretto’ (in the same hand as no. 328)
Black chalk with slight traces of white heighteneing on faded blue paper
12 5/8 x 7 3/8 (321 x 187) Dyce 244

Verso Study of a figure of Atlas
Black chalk

PROVENANCE Sir J. Reynolds (Lugt 2364); Dyce Bequest 1869

LITERATURE Dyce Catalogue no. 244 (as by Tintoretto); Tietze and Tietze-Conrat, no. 1843 and pl. 127/1 (as Tintoretto school)

The recto is a study for the Scourging of Christ in the Haussmann Collection, Berlin (1931). The picture is published as Tintoretto by Herman Voss in an article on Dr Fritz Haussmann’s Collection in Zeitschrift für blidende Künste, 65, 1931-32, p. 163. Tietze and Tietze-Conrat, who pointed out the connection of the drawing with the picture, ascribe both to the Tintoretto studio.

The head and arms of the figure on the verso are so sketchily drawn that it is hard to say exactly what the artist intended; but the figure seems to belong to a group of drawings that were probably made from a piece of sculpture representing a man bowed own by a physical or mental burden, possibly Atlas. There is, as Dr Liebman has shown, a 16th century bronze of such a figure in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow. It represents a bent old man with saggin knees, leaning a stick, with his left hand above his head. (M. J. Liebman in Soobscheniya Akademiya Nauk Institut Istorii Iskusstv, nos. 13 and 14, Moscow, 1960).

This bronze, or another piece of sculpture was probably Tintoretto’s model. Some of the other drawings made from it are discussed and illustrated by Dr Liebman, as well as in Hadeln, Tintoretto, p. 27 and I. Fenyö, North Italian drawings from the collection of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 1965, pp.80-2.


Black chalk; Grey paper


Drawing; Heightening

Subjects depicted

Man; Nude




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