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

Design for an Allegory of Fortune (Felicità)

Black chalk on white paper, 206 x 275 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The design for the ceiling painting of the Felicità in the Sala dell'Albergo in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco shows that even when figures were to be shown clothed, Tintoretto first drew them as nudes. In the painting he could then drape the clothing more convincingly on a body that had been drawn with anatomical precision. As here, his workshop assistants served as models even for female figures - the feminine right breast was added only later, drawn without a live model. The arching lines with which Tintoretto depicts the sculptural volume of the figure at regular intervals are striking.