The Dreams of Men, mid-16th century

  • Tintoretto, Italian, 1519-1594

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 149 × 85 3/4 inches (3 m 78.5 cm × 217.8 cm) Framed (approx, irreg): 156 3/4 × 95 inches, 161 lb. (3 m 98.1 cm × 241.3 cm, 73 kg)

City of Detroit Purchase


On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance W234


European Painting

  • Love
  • Allegory
  • Time
  • Putti
  • Mannerist
  • Italian
  • Men
  • Women
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Hourglass
  • Venice

until at least 1648, Palazzo Barbo a San Panteleone/Casa Barbo, near the church of San Pantaleon (Venice, Italy) [probably painted for the Barbo family]. by 1921, dealer, Steinmeyer, Lucerne Fine Arts (Lucerne, Switzerland); 1923-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Tintoretto, The Dreams of Men, mid-16th century, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 23.11.