Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)

Italian (Venetian) (1519 - 1594)
Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) Christ Carried to the Tomb late 1550s


Born 1519
Died 1594
Nationality Italian (Venetian)
Birth place Venice
Death place Venice

Jacopo Robusti was nicknamed Tintoretto 'little dyer' after his father who was a cloth dyer. He became one of the most prolific artists in Venice, specialising in large-scale religious narrative scenes, altarpieces, mythological subjects and portraits. His striking compositions often defied convention through exaggerated perspective and bold foreshortening of figures, and his quick work was sometimes criticized for its lack of finish. He may have trained with Titian for a short time. Tintoretto ran his busy workshop as a family business employing two sons and a daughter.

Glossary terms

  • A style of art that spread from Italy to much of Europe in the 16th century, between the High Renaissance and Baroque periods. There is disagreement among historians as to its nature but it often seen as decadent, rejecting the classical ideals of the Renaissance and characterized by elongated figures.