My Artist

Tintoretto: Whitney Fitzgerald

The Beginnings of Tintoretto

Tintoretto was born on September 29, 1518 in Venice, Italy. His real name is actually Jacopo Robusti. His nickname Tintoretto means "little dyer" because his father was a silk dyer. Tintoretto spent most of his life in Venice, Italy, where he was born.


Tintoretto was mainly all about art. His father noticed that he was an excellent painter, so Tintoretto was sent to study with Titian. Titian noticed that Tintoretto was an excellent and Tintoretto was able to see all of Titian's great paintings. He married a woman named Faustina de Vescovi in 1550. They had two sons and five daughters. Tintoretto also liked the theater,playing instruments, and designing mechanical objects. He was a very interesting man who stayed in Venice all his life.

Education of Tintoretto

Tintoretto was mainly about art and painting. His main master was Titian, but he also learned from Bonifazio Veronese and Paris Bordone. Tintoretto also based his drawing off of Michelangelo. When Tintoretto was creating his artwork, he used small wax models. These models were cleverly illuminated so that the conditions and lights would be the same in the picture as the model. A way to describe Tintoretto's paintings is:

"The drawing of Michelangelo and the color of Titian"

Artwork by Tintoretto

About His Artwork

Tintoretto's main focus in his painting was about that story that unfolded. He used rich colors that dramatized his figures and made the stories even better. Also, Tintoretto's large paintings were about history and religion. He also did many portraits. Tintoretto's main patron was the Church. He did many paintings inside and for the Church. He also made money when he helped another artist, Andrea Schiavone. The two -isms that are most closely linked to his paintings are humanism and naturalism. Humanism is very important in his paintings because Tintoretto likes to do portraits. In his portraits, he shows emotion in the faces of the people. Also, naturalism can be seen throughout all his paintings because the lighting and textures he uses. He uses color to make the paintings look real.

Holy Family

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The Basics of the Holy Family

This painting is named "Holy Family" by Tintoretto. It is an oil painting created in the late 16th century. This painting is now located in Hospital de San Juan Bautista and this museum is located in Toledo, Spain. This painting is so significant because of the lighting Tintoretto uses. He is able to show the importance Christ and Mary with the lighting.

Relative to Me

This painting describes the birth of Christ and him being surrounded by his family. The small baby represents Jesus Christ in the manger after he was born. The woman looking over him is Mary, his mother. The man in the background is Joseph, Jesus's father. Also, behind Mary, is two men that are probably wise men, who were there to visit Christ. Next to Mary, is a cow which helps represent where Jesus was born, in a barn. I enjoy this painting because of the lighting on Jesus and Mary. I like how Tintoretto is able to use lighting to show the main focus of the painting. I really enjoy the cow in the background. It was done so greatly that it almost looks real. In the background, I like the men that almost blend into the painting. Tintoretto did this painting so magnificent. The clothing Mary is wearing really stands out in the picture. There is the white on her head, which is also the pillow of Christ. This gives Mary a holy presence because Christ has the same color.


The -ism that is most linked with this painting is naturalism. Naturalism is the overall impression of natural appearance that makes a painting look so real. The painter uses tools like lights, textures, tones and oil paints to help characterized the painting. Naturalism is very strong in this painting. The baby looks very real because of the way the light shines on the baby. The baby has rolls that makes him look realistic. There are shadows on the baby from the light that makes him look natural. Also, the hair on the baby has a streak to it that isn't flat. Tintoretto made the hair look like real human hair. The color of the baby is the brightest because he is center of the painting. Tintoretto strategically used lighting to show what he thinks is the most important. Tintoretto used colors and tones in Mary to make her look soft and motherly. Her face is not rigid and stiff, but instead her face is smooth and her cheeks are red. This makes her face more realistic. Also, the color of her clothing makes her stand out. On her head is a white piece of cloth and this is the same color as the pillow of Christ. This gives Mary a holy presence because of clothing is the same color as Christ. The shading of blue wrapped around her made her stand out in the painting. These bright colors stand out because of the mood in the background. The background is dark and the front is bright. Tintoretto was very brilliant to use these colors to show what is important in his painting.