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Jacopo Tintoretto

Italian, 1518–1594

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Jacopo Tintoretto

Italian, 1518–1594

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Jacopo Robusti obtained his more familiar nickname Tintoretto (or “little dyer”) after his father’s profession. He was one of the most prolific artists in Venice during the High Renaissance, specializing in large-scale religious narrative scenes, altarpieces, mythological subjects, and portraits. His style was characterized by an exaggerated and dramatic use of perspective and foreshortening. To paint complex poses, Tintoretto sometimes made small wax models for reference, which explains the repetition of certain figures from different angles in his compositions. Though he was a masterful painter, Tintoretto was sometimes censured for his rapid and sketchy brushwork, which appeared to his peers and critics as unpolished. Tintoretto found few likeminded peers locally, but discovered an affinity with El Greco.

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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Biography

Jacopo Robusti obtained his more familiar nickname Tintoretto (or “little dyer”) after his father’s profession. He was one of the most prolific artists in Venice during the High Renaissance, specializing in large-scale religious narrative scenes, altarpieces, mythological subjects, and portraits. His style was characterized by an exaggerated and dramatic use of perspective and foreshortening. To paint complex poses, Tintoretto sometimes made small wax models for reference, which explains the repetition of certain figures from different angles in his compositions. Though he was a masterful painter, Tintoretto was sometimes censured for his rapid and sketchy brushwork, which appeared to his peers and critics as unpolished. Tintoretto found few likeminded peers locally, but discovered an affinity with El Greco.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
National Gallery of Victoria, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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