Tintoretto Fact 1: Date and Place of Birth – Tintoretto was born and named Jacopo Comin on September 29th 1518 in Lucca, a city in Tuscany, Central Italy.
Tintoretto Fact 2: Name: His name, Tintoretto, derived from a nickname meaning “little dyer” or "dyer’s boy" after his father’s profession of silk dyer, or 'tintore'.
Tintoretto Fact 3: Family – His father was Giovanni and was originally from Brescia in Lombardy in the Republic of Venice. Tintoretto was the eldest of 21 children born to his parents.
Tintoretto Fact 4: Tintoretto married Faustina de Vescovi and they had two sons and three daughters. His two sons, Domenico (c. 1560-1635) and Marco (1561-1637) followed in their father's footsteps and also became artists. His daughter, Marietta (1556-90) also worked as Tintoretto's assistant.
Tintoretto Fact 5: Background and Early Life – His real name was Jacopo Comin but he was given the nickname of a dyer’s son and it stuck with him. From an early age he showed signs of being an artist as he experimented with painting on his father’s workshop walls.
Tintoretto Fact 6: Tintoretto, was taken to the studio of Titian as a young boy by his father. It is believed Titian felt the young Jacopo so talented he was jealous and did not want the young artist around. Although Jacopo always looked up to Titian they were never friends.
Tintoretto Fact 7: Tintoretto developed his own style as he studied the work of the other great artists of the Renaissance era. He used exaggerated lighting to add to the drama of his paintings
Tintoretto Fact 8: Tintoretto experimented with lighting by using “little models” suspended on strings to help him depict the human body from all angles under different lighting conditions.Tintoretto Fact 13: One of his most famous pieces of work was Paradise, one of the largest paintings produced on canvas.
Tintoretto Fact 9: By 1539 he had acquired fame and recognition as an important Venetian artist. Tintoretto was not well liked by many of his contemporaries as he was unscrupulous in obtaining commissions from different patrons and was always ready to undercut his competitors.
Tintoretto Fact 10: The early masterpieces of Tintoretto were the The Adoration of the Golden Calf and the The Miracle of the Slave
Tintoretto Fact 11: The Miracle of the Slave was painted by Tintoretto in 1548 and portrays an episode of the life of St. Mark, patron saint of Venice. the intense and vivid colors are typical of the Venetian School.
Tintoretto Fact 12: The Scuola di San Rocco meaning the "Confraternity of St. Roch" was important to the city. St. Roch was the protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century. It was here that Tintoretto completed a vast series of paintings
Tintoretto Fact 14: Tintoretto died on May 31st 1594 in Venice, Italy.
List of Famous Works by Tintoretto: *** Vulcan Surprising Venus and Mars *** Christ and the Adulteress *** The Last Supper *** The Adoration of the Golden Calf *** Crucifixion *** Freeing the Slave *** Susanna and the Elders *** Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple *** The Pool of Bethesda *** St. George and the Dragon *** Glorification of S. Rocco *** Paradise *** Young Man in a Fur Cloak
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