Confirmed as Tintoretto, painting still baffles scholars

When the National Trust took over the Kingston Lacy mansion, the filthy old painting on the wall could not be identified. Now, after cleaning, the painting is confirmed as the work of Renaissance master Tintoretto, but art historians aren't sure who the allegorical figures in the picture are meant to represent.

The central figure may be Apollo or Hymen, God of Marriage, giving a bride to a lesser figure who may be a poet. Scholars also wonder why the possible poet was originally painted undraped, then later had clothes added.