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Jacopo Tintoretto | Stylistically Between Michelangelo and Titian

Jacopo Tintoretto, self-portrait

Self-Portrait (detail)
Jacopo Tintoretto
 c. 1588, Oil on canvas,
61 x 51 cm (full painting)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

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The famous Venetian man who was nicknamed Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594) worked as a painter during the late Italian Renaissance. While he was also known to art historians by the nickname of Jacopo Robusti, recent information has come forward that suggests that his true family name may have been Jacopo Comin.

Working in the Mannerist style, Jacopo Tintoretto claimed his artistic style developed from the figure drawing style of Michelangelo and the color sense of Titian with whom he may have trained. Most of Jacopo Tintoretto's work remains in Venice where he primarily worked.

Jacopo Tintoretto is best known for his dramatic foreshortening, exaggerated poses, sketchy figure style, use of strong, vivid light effects and movement. While criticized by Vasari for his rough brushwork, Tintoretto used this device for excitement and dramatic, emotional effect.

Brenda Harness, Art Historian

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