An astrological allegory, self-portrait, Christ washing the feet of his disciples, and a cycle of paintings from Genesis.
A note above his studio door proclaimed that he drew like Michelangelo and used colour like Titian. A small selection of works leading to his breakthrough in 1548.
In the first few years of his career, he was commissioned to paint a series showing stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. They are simply brilliant.
One of the greatest painters of all time, the Venetian Jacopo Tintoretto, was born almost 500 years ago. Probably, and he wasn’t called that either.
One of the first dedicated landscape specialists who met the rising demand for ‘views’, his figures reveal his true interest in his motifs.
An exhibition in Washington, Boston, and Venice, and three superb books about this master painter and Impressionist. And some of his paintings, of course.
Despite difficulties over attribution and other mysteries, he was key to the development of the Venetian style.
We know almost nothing about his life, and very few works can be robustly attributed to his hand. But he was one of the most important artists in history.
Was painterly style a Venetian phenomenon, or was it more widespread in the early sixteenth century?
We should add these Masters to the growing list of those with ‘painterly’ style, and consider whether Impressionism was a development of Venetian ‘colorito’ painting?