He received a promotion to the role of Doge for Venice in 1570 and served until 1577. This prestigious role was essential in the daily running of the kingdom and was one of the most powerful positions to hold within the Papal States of Italy at that time. In opening up this composition to the whole family, Tintoretto chose to change the lighting completely from his earlier portrait.

This artwork was a part of the Samuel H. Kress Collection and is believed to have come into the possession of the National Gallery of Art in the early 1960s. Many items within its collection have been bequeathed to the institution over the past century from passionate collectors who want as many people to enjoy these original artworks as possible. In other situations, there may also be financial or political reasons behind these decisions, but ultimately the public benefits from such acts of generousity.

The painting can now be found in the collection of the The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. There remains a huge interest in European art from right across the US, and this particular institution holds one of its finest collections of artworks from the Italian Renaissance, alongside a huge breadth of other items. They also possess a good number of paintings specifically from Tintoretto, making it a must-visit venue for followers of the artist living in the US. Check ahead to make sure that they are on display though, as the collection will be regularly rotated or even loaned out from time to time.