Portrait of a Young Man as David

Tintorettoc. 1555-60

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

This work was originally in the collection of the famous British art historian, Sir Kenneth Clark, and represents the portrait of a young man in the guise of the Old Testament (Samuel 1: 17) hero, David. The body of the Philistine Goliath slain by David and fleeing Philistine troops can be seen in the left background, all depicted in such an energetic manner that Sir K. Clark noted, "they bring to mind Delacroix." Two theories have been proposed for the dating of this work: E. von der Bercken suggests the period of 1544-1550, while R. Pallucchini and P. Rossi indicate the latter half of the 1550s. It would seem that the latter theory is correct. It is thought that the figure shown is the scion, appropriately named David, of a famous family. This individual is thought to be the same figure shown in Paolo Veronese's work Man in Furs (Museum of Fine Arts Budapest). While O. Benesch has proposed that Tintoretto's follower's student, the Flemish painter Gillis van Valckenborch, added the scene of the Philistine battle, Rossi rejects this theory.(Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 18)


  • Title: Portrait of a Young Man as David
  • Creator Lifespan: 1518 - 1594
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Venice
  • Creator Birth Place: Venice
  • Date Created: c. 1555-60
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Provenance: Robert Napier of Shandon, 1877; Hanbury, 1927; Sir Kenneth Clark; Gallery Agnew, London.
  • Physical Dimensions: w965 x h1245 mm
  • Painter: Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)
  • Object title (Japanese): ダヴィデを装った若い男の肖像
  • Object notes (Japanese): この作品はイギリスの著名な美術史家ケネス・クラーク卿がかつて所蔵していたもので、肖像の主を、旧約聖書(「サムエル記」上17章)で名高いイスラエルの英雄ダヴィデの姿を借りて表現している。左側の背景にはダヴィデに殺されたペリシテ人ゴリアテの屍体と敗走する敵軍が「ドラクロワを想わせる」(クラーク卿)動感ゆたかな筆致で描き出されている。制作時期については1544-50年とする説(フォン・デル・べルッケン)と1550年代後半とする説(パルッキーニ、ロッシ)があるが、後者の方が妥当であろう。描かれている人物はおそらくダヴィデという名をもった名家の青年と思われる。なおベネシュは、ティントレットの孫弟子にあたるフランドルの画家ヒリス・ファン・ファルケンボルフ(1570頃-1622)がペリシテ人たちの闘争の場面を描き加えたとの仮説を出しているが、ロッシは否定している。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 18)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ティントレット(本名ヤコポ・ロブスティ)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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