The Marriage at Cana (from scrapbook), John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Graphite and watercolor on off-white wove paper, American

The Marriage at Cana (from scrapbook)

John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
After Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) (Italian, Venice 1518/19–1594 Venice)
ca. 1872–74
Graphite and watercolor on off-white wove paper
9 1/2 x 14 7/8 in. (24.1 x 37.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 773
In 1874, the teenage Sargent wrote to a cousin, "I have learned in Venice to admire Tintoretto immensely and to consider him perhaps second only to Michael Angelo and Titian, whose beauties it was his aim to unite." Sargent probably saw Tintoretto’s much-lauded masterpiece The Marriage at Cana (1561) in situ in the church of Santa Maria della Salute during a visit to Venice in 1870 or 1873. Given the popularity of the picture, however, he may well have made his careful copy after a reproduction. Sargent cherished his copy, preserving it in this scrapbook, opposite a photograph of a drawing by Michelangelo (Young Man in Bust Length in Exotic Costume).
the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950