Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto
- Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto
- The Flagellation of Christ
- oil on canvas
- 58 3/4 by 49 in.; 149.2 by 124.5 cm.
Dr. Fritz Haussmann, Berlin, New York, and Geneva;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 4 December 1964, lot 81 (as Jacopo Tintoretto);
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 13 December 1974, lot 160, to Reay (as Domenico Tintoretto);
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Galerie Fischer, 20-23 May 1980, lot 32 (as Jacopo Tintoretto);
There acquired by the present owner.
H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, The Drawings of Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries, New York 1970, p. 302, under cat. no. 1843;
R. Palluchini and P. Rossi, Jacopo Tintoretto: Le opere sacre e profane, Venice 1974, vol. I, p. 252, cat. no. A100, vol. II, reproduced p. 674, fig. 723 (as Domenico Tintoretto);
J. Neumann, "Novy Tintorettuv Obraz na Prazskem Hrade. O souboru umelcovyc na nasi pude," Umeni, 1980, p. 215, reproduced fig. 22 (as Domenico Tintoretto).
Even though undoubtedly influenced by his father, Domenico completed his works with an individuality that distinguished him from his predecessor, often visible in the rendering of figures and their stances as well as the folds of fabric. In the present work, Domenico lends a degree of immediacy and drama to the scene by contrasting the stable figure that anchors the composition with the dynamism of the surrounding figures. A tranquil Christ stands at center, his movement restricted by the thin ropes that tie him to a marble column. As He gazes downwards, two men with whips in their hand twist into powerful stances, although the scars on Christ’s body suggest that the flagellation has been ongoing for some time. Further energy is added to the composition with the various figures that gather beyond the foreground and the putti that look down from above.
Drawings served as important teaching tools in the Tintoretto workshop, and a comparable figure of Christ can be found in a drawing, identified as likely a workshop production, formerly in the Dyce collection and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (fig. 2).3
1. See R. Palluchini and P. Rossi, under Literature.
2. See R. Echols and F. Ilchman, “Toward a New Tintoretto Catalogue, with a Checklist of revised attributions and a new Chronology,” in M. Falomir, ed., Jacopo Tintoretto, Madrid 2009, p. 135, n. 286.
3. Inv. no. Dyce.244. See H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, under Literature, reproduced plate CXXVII.