Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer
Tintoretto is one of the least understood of the great Venetian sixteenth-century artists. Alone among his great contemporaries, including Titian, Giorgione, Veronese and Pordenone, the humble dyer’s son was a native Venetian, never travelling away from the city for very long. A prolific painter and ambitious entrepreneur, he executed dozens of commissions in Venice for humble churches, charitable confraternities, and for the offices of the Republic of Venice. Tintoretto’s art is traced from his experimental beginnings, through the flourishing of his genius in middle age, to the late masterpieces of religious and mythological painting of his mature years.