[The Life]

Jacopo Robusti was an artist born circa 1518 in Venice, Italy. He acquired his nickname, Tintoretto (meaning "the little dyer"), from his father's occupation as a silk dyer. Raised in a lower social class, Tintoretto lived in Venice all throughout his life, with his work and well being of his family at the top of his priorities. It appears he studied with Bonifazio Veronese or Paris Bordone, but his all time master was Titian. He inscribed on the walls of his studio: "The drawing of Michelangelo and the color of Titian." Unlike many artists who were picky with the quality of their patrons, Tintoretto focused on satisfying the local demands for art. He painted for palaces, churches, and anyone in between who would commission him. Tintoretto relates strongly to perspectivism because of the depth and reality of his paintings, and naturalism because of his medium of oil paints and the subtlety of his colors and tones in his art.

Miracle of the Slave

This piece was created by Tintoretto circa 1548. Today it is located in the

Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy, but it was originally commissioned for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, a confraternity. This painting is significant because it

sparked outrage about the violently brutal style of the painting, and the controversial topic at hand (St Mark rescuing a slave). Tintoretto made a statement through the dramatic tone of his work, and he was known for his “radical abbreviations” in his brushwork. To me, this painting is the representation of almighty saviors having the ability to rescue anyone, no matter who you are. This piece is full of clamor and chaos over the conflict at hand. The soft blending of the colors balances out the mayhem and adds a calm demeanor to the piece. There is also lots of depth and perspective to the painting, which brings the scene to life. I find this piece interesting because it sparked emotion. It caused people to feel something, which is what the purpose of art is. It focuses on an important topic and illustrates so many feelings, all while still being detailed and very realistic. This work best represents perspectivism because of the depth and 3D effect of the piece. You can see a distinct foreground and background.


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Tintoretto, Jacopo. Apollo and Marsyas. c. 1545. Oil on canvas. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Tintoretto, Jacopo. Christ washing the Feet of the Disciples. about 1575-1580. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London.

Tintoretto, Jacopo. Saint Mark Freeing a Slave from Torture. 1547-48. Oil on canvas. Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia, Venice, Italy.

Tintoretto, Jacopo. Saint George and the Dragon. c. 1555. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London.