by Isabella Poschmann

Biography of Tintoretto

Tintoretto was born c. 1518 in Venice, Italy. His full name is Jacopo Robusti, but he was nicknamed Tintoretto by his father. He lived in Venice for his entire life, and he never moved. He seemed to have studied with Bonifazio Veronese or Paris Bordone. But his idol was Titian, and he imitated his art. However, Tintoretto added depth to his art by adding imagination and emotion into his artwork. Tintoretto lived a relaxed lifestyle, and cared for his art and for his family more than anything. Three of his children went on to continue his profession of painting.

Tintoretto was a painter, and he created many beautiful masterpieces. Among others, he painted "The Old Man and the Boy" and the beautiful "The Last Supper". Tintoretto did not have any patrons. Tintoretto died on May 31, 1594.

Tintoretto's Artwork

Tintoretto created this masterpiece, "The Coronation of the Virgin (Paradise)", c. 1580. It is currently held in the Louvre. This painting depicts the Virgin Mary ascending into Heaven after she died, and meeting with her son, God, and many others. Tintoretto created this piece for Sala del Maggior Consiglio.

This piece is captivating to me personally for many reasons. For one, the colors are extraordinary. Another reason is the meaning behind it. Mary rising to Heaven to be reunited with her son is a deep, emotional topic, and Tintoretto paints the scene with such precision that it is fascinating to me.

Tintoretto shows several "isms" in this piece, but one sticks out to me. Idealism is so present in this painting because it emphasizes eternity, and Heaven is such an eternal setting. It also shows that Heaven is a beautiful place to be, and that it is perfect, while the viewer can assume Mary left the material world, which was imperfect.

MLA Citations

"Tintoretto." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

Tintoretto, Jacopo. “The Coronation of the Virgin (Paradise)” 1580. Painting. The Louvre.