(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

Portrait of Jacopo Sansovino

c. 1565
Oil on canvas, 51 x 38 cm
Kunstsammlungen, Weimar

In its extreme reduction, this portrait looks like the timeless presentation of the figure of a philosopher. Unlike the portrait of two decades earlier, which was still very elaborately staged, this small, intimate picture shows Tintoretto abstaining from eloquent gestures, allegorical accessories, a perspective view, and informative inscriptions.