If you've never heard of him perhaps you know him by his childhood nickname, which he used throughout most of his life--Tintoretto. His father was a dyer. The name means "little dyer." He was born in 1518 which means he came of age during the Mannerist period as the Renaissance was winding down and growing stale for lack of great visionary artists to follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Raphael, and the others. It was not for the lack of trying however, and some indeed, had a modest degree of success. One of these was Teziano Vecilli, known as Titian. Tintoretto had the great good fortune to have him as a teacher. There is much to be seen of Titian's color in Tintoretto's work. In drawing however, Tintoretto took after Michelangelo, who, after all, was still alive during much of Tintoretto's lifetime. A sign in his studio boasted he could draw like Michelangelo and paint like Titian--not a bad combination.
|Christ at the Sea of Galilee, 1575, Tintoretto|