About this artwork

This painting must originally have served as an altarpiece, but nothing is known of its history prior to its appearance in a 1771 inventory of Lord Clive’s collection at Powis Castle. The children portrayed have traditionally been identified as members of the Cornaro family, but while the boys appear from their dress to be of Venetian patrician rank, the girls are suspiciously similar in age to be sisters, and could, alternatively, be a group of orphans Although previously attributed to Jacopo Tintoretto himself, the picture appears to be largely painted by a studio assistant, possibly Jacopo’s son Domenico.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Saint Lawrence and a Bishop Saint with a Group of Children interceding with the Virgin and Child
  • date created:
    About 1570 - 1590
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    233.70 x 173.20
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1952
  • accession number:
    NG 2161
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Jacopo Robusti was nicknamed Tintoretto 'little dyer' after his father who was a cloth dyer. He became one of the most prolific artists in Venice, specialising in large-scale religious narrative scenes, altarpieces, mythological subjects and portraits. His striking compositions often defied convention through exaggerated perspective and bold foreshortening of figures, and his quick work was sometimes criticized for its lack of finish. He may have trained with Titian for a short time. Tintoretto ran his busy workshop as a family business employing two sons and a daughter.