Jacopo Tintoretto, ‘Summer’, ca. 1555, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Samuel H. Kress Collection

Framed: 135.9 x 224.8 x 8.5 cm (53 1/2 x 88 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.)

Image rights: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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About Jacopo Tintoretto

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.

Italian, 1518-1594

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