Tintoretto (1518 – 1594) was an Italian painter and a notable exponent of the Venetian school

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Tintoretto (1518 – 1594) was an Italian painter and a notable exponent of the Venetian school. His contemporaries both admired and criticized the speed with which he painted and the unprecedented boldness of his brushwork. For his phenomenal energy in painting, he was termed Il Furioso (“The Furious”). His work is characterized by his muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective, in the Mannerist style.

In his youth, Tintoretto was also known as Jacopo Robusti, as his father had defended the gates of Padua in a way that others called robust against the imperial troops during the War of the League of Cambrai (1509–16). (Robusto meaning “robust, sturdy”.) His real name, Comin, as discovered by Miguel Falomir of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, was made public on the occasion of the retrospective of Tintoretto at the Prado in 2007. The name Comin translates to the spice “cumin” in the Venetian language.

In 2019, honoring the anniversary of the birth of Tintoretto, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in cooperation with the Gallerie dell’Accademia organized a traveling exhibit, the first to the United States. The exhibition features nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes.

The Siege of Asola (1544-45), Madonna and Child with Saints (1545-46), Esther before Ahasuerus (1546-47), Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet (c. 1548), Saint Mark series (1548 or 1562-1566), Miracle of the Slave, Finding of the body of St Mark, St Mark’s Body Brought to Venice, Susanna and the Elders, Saint George and the Dragon (1555 or 1558), The Deliverance of Arsinoe (c. 1560), Portrait of Alvise Cornaro (c. 1560-1565), Danaë (c. 1570), The Origin of the Milky Way (1575-1580), The Muses (1578), The Vision of Saint Nicholas (c. 1582), Self Portrait (1588), Last Supper (1590-1594), Il Paradiso