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Jacopo Tintoretto

(b Venice, 1519; d Venice, 31 May 1594).

He was the most prolific painter working in Venice in the later 16th century and is recorded away from his native city only in 1580 in connection with a commission for the ruling Gonzaga family at Mantua. In his early career he struggled to achieve recognition, which finally came in 1548 with a work commissioned by the Scuola Grande di S Marco. In his mature years he worked extensively on decorations for the Doge’s Palace and for the meeting-house of the Scuola Grande di S Rocco, on which he was occupied from 1564 until 1567 and between 1575 and 1588. In addition to his religious and mythological works, Jacopo also painted many portraits of prominent Venetians. He was, however, never wholly accepted by the leading aristocratic families that dominated Venetian cultural life, and to some extent this hindered his patronage. The swift, abbreviated style that characterizes much of his work caused controversy among contemporaries, and the lack of conventional finish was seen by some as merely a result of carelessness or overhasty execution. Despite a long and busy career, Jacopo Tintoretto apparently never became rich, and in 1600 his widow submitted a plea to the Venetian State for financial help to support her family. 


   


St Nicholas

Oil on canvas, 114 x 56 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
 

 
 

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

1546-48
Oil on canvas, 119 x 168 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome


 

The Deposition

1557-59
Oil on canvas, 104 x 135 cm
Private collection


 

The Deposition

1563
Oil on canvas, 108 x 170 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan



 

The Supper at Emmaus

1542-43
Oil on canvas, 156 x 212 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest



 

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

c. 1555
Oil on canvas, 54 x 117 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
 

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