doge mocenigo

The large, marvelously rough oil sketch for Tintoretto’s “Doge Alvise Mocenigo (1507-1577) Presented to the Redeemer.” With a figure that might have been rendered by the 20th-century painter Giorgio de Chirico, white outlines defining clothing here and there and the lion of St. Mark obscured by a patch of dark paint that suggests a slightly sinister shadow, this elaborate scene was never meant to be more than a work in progress. It was abandoned either for other sketches or the actual commission, a mural intended for the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The sketch once belonged to the 19th-century British art critic John Ruskin.

– Roberta Smith, NYT 01/10/14