Jacopo "Tintoretto" Robusti

An Italian Renaissance Painter

Who is Tintoretto?

  • Born C.1518 in Venice, Italy
  • Nickname of Tintoretto means "little dyer" because his father was a silk dyer
  • Spent his entire life in Venice
  • he was taught by Bonifazio Veronese or Paris Bordone, but his true master was Titian
  • Although his work was very daring and lively, he led a rather retired lifestyle
  • He was only concerned with his work and his family which included his two sons and one daughter
  • His son Domenico became a well known artist whose works are sometimes mistaken for Tintoretto's


What was his work about?

  • He was mainly a painter and is known for his dramatic, mainly religious paintings
  • He mainly built off of the ideas of Titian and made them even more dramatic and lively
  • His painting style was very different because it depicted the movement of figures (such as in the painting Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles)
  • he balanced dramatic lighting with extreme foreshortening which made the paintings more intense and different than paintings of the time
  • he was patronized by Pietro Aretino


Some of his famous paintings include:

Tintoretto's Paradise


  • located in Doge's Palace, next to San Marco's Cathedral
  • it was created in 1577 after a huge fire destroyed part of Doge's Palace
  • a competition was held to replace the damaged mural that was burned
  • The original winner of the contest (Veronese) died before work could begin, so Tintoretto was commissioned to replace him
  • he finished the work in with the help of his son Domenico
  • it is mentioned several times in the text of five wounds and is still in Doge's Palace today
  • This piece is significant because it is 74 by 30 ft (the size of a tennis court) and was Tintoretto's last major work before he died
  • The painting was also very different because it didn't show a base or established foreground which confused the eye and makes it appear as if the figures are just floating and makes light and distance mean almost nothing
  • I find this piece interesting because it is so huge and detailed and is one of the largest paintings ever done on canvas
  • The "isms" that it embodies are:
~humanism- the main focus of it is the people and depicts man as the center of the painting


~secularism- although there are religious aspects of this painting, majority of it is man and less spiritual concepts