Tintoretto : Renaissance Artist

About :

Born late September or early October 1518

Venice, Republic of Venice, in present-day Italy

Died 31 May 1594, (aged 75)

Venice, Republic of Venice, in present-day Italy

Nationality :- Italian

Known for :- Painting

Movement :- Renaissance

Work :

His work is characterized by its muscular figures, dramatic gestures, and bold use of perspective in the Mannerist style (Mannerism is a period of European art that emerged from the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520. It lasted until about 1580 in Italy ) while maintaining color and light typical of the Venetian School. He focused on to bring a primary of color over line.

Paintings :

1. Finding the body of St. Mark

The Finding of the body of St Mark or Rediscovery of the body of Saint Mark is a painting by Tintoretto. Dated to between 1562 and 1566, it is part of a cycle of paintings of the patron saint of Venice. It is now held in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.

According to the art historian Thomas Nichols, “the linear logic of the emptied, boxlike perspective vistas is undermined by an irrational play of light and shade. Both paintings suggest the simultaneous existence of different levels of reality through the use of a range of pictorial techniques.

2. The siege of asola

The Siege of Asola is a painting by the Italian late Renaissance master Tintoretto, executed in 1544–1545. It is in a private collection.

The canvas portrays two scenes. From the left to the middle is, in the foreground, a clash of knights occurred during the siege of the Venetian town of Asola by the troops of the Austrian emperor Maximilian I in 1516. Among the clashing soldiers is the banner of Asola, the fortress itself being shown in the background.

On the right is depicted to homage of the citizens of Asola to the Venetian provveditore (curator) Francesco Contarini, the nobleman who organized the city’s defence and forced Maximilian’s troop to withdraw.

3. St mark’s body brought to venice

It was produced between 1562 and 1566 as part of a series of works on Saint Mark for the Sala Capitolare of the Scuola Grande di San Marco.

The painting is notable for its striking, deep perspective background lines. The colours are darker in the near subjects, while the figures in the background are white, nearly transparent. The strange red sky is roiling with ominous clouds, riven with a thunderbolt, affording the painting a heavy, dynamic atmosphere. Tintoretto himself is portrayed within the work as the bearded man beside the camel.

4. The last supper

An oil painting on canvas executed in 1592 — 94, it is housed in the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, northern Italy.

Tintoretto’s Last Supper makes use of Mannerist devices, notably its complex and radically asymmetrical composition. In its dynamism and emphasis on the quotidian — the setting is similar to a Venetian inn — the painting points the way to the Baroque. “The ability of this dramatic scene to engage viewers was well in keeping with Counter-Reformation ideals and the Catholic Church’s belief in the didactic nature of religious art.”

5. Miracle of slave

The Miracle of the Slave (also known as The Miracle of St. Mark.). Currently housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, northern Italy, it was originally commissioned for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, a confraternity in the city.

It portrays an episode of the life of St. Mark, patron saint of Venice, taken from Jacopo da Varazze’s Golden Legend. The scene shows, in the upper part, the saint intervening to make invulnerable a slave about to be martyred for his veneration of another saint’s relics. All the figures are inscribed into an architectonic scenario.

Reference: Google images, Wikipedia

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