“Goodbye” Tintoretto Died 31 May 1594

Tintoretto (September/October 1518 – May 31, 1594), was an Italian painter of the Renaissance school.

Tintoretto was born Jacopo Comin and called Jacopo Robusti in youth, but artistically he was often called Il Furioso, for the fury in which in painted. He may have trained with Titan in 1553, but it is said the master sent him home after a brief ten days because of his obvious talents.

In order to bring great detail and spatial perspective to his work, Tintoretto moulded wax models and experimented with their appearance in light.

While producing much work early on, the three works that gave Tintoretto acclaim were painted for the Scuola Grande di San Marco in 1548. The works depicting Saint Mark, Finding the body of Saint Mark in Alexandria, Saint Mark’s Body Brought to Venice and the The Miracle of Saint Mark Freeing the Slave.

This led Tintoretto to the painting of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, where he completed the work, off and on between 1564 up until his death in 1594. Some of the notable works Tintoretto painted here include the Crucifixion, Annunciation, St. Roch presented to the Pope, St. Roch taken to Prison, The Pool of Bethesda, St. Roch curing the plague victims, St. Roch comforted by an Angel, St. Roch in Solitude, and St. Roch healing the Animals,.

His grandest single piece, was Paradise, a massive painting noted as the largest ever created on canvas. He also produced portrait pieces such as Portrait of a Man, (1546), Leda and the Swan, Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well, The Samaritan Woman, Portrait of a Venetian Admiral, Portrait of a Man with a Red Beard, Portrait of Jacopo Sansovino, and Saint Augustine Heals the Cripples, (attributed to Domenico Robusti, called Tintoretto).

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