Tintoretto: Tradition and Identity

October 29, 2020
Tintoretto: Tradition and Identity

Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–94) is an ambiguous figure in thehistory of art. His radically unorthodox paintings are not readilyclassifiable, and although he was a Venetian by birth, his standingas a member of the Venetian school is constantly contested. But hewas also a formidable maverick, abandoning the humanist narrativesand sensuous color palette typical of the great Venetian master,Titian, in favor of a renewed concentration on core Christiansubjects painted in a rough and abbreviated chiaroscuro style.This generously illustrated book offers an extensive analysis ofTintoretto's greatest paintings, charting his life and work in thecontext of Venetian art and the culture of the Cinquecento. TomNichols shows that Tintoretto was an extraordinarily innovativeartist who created a new manner of painting, which, for all of itsoriginality and sophistication, was still able to appeal to theshared emotions of the widest possible audience.This compact, pocket edition features sixteen additionalillustrations and a new afterword by the author, and it willcontinue to be one of the definitive treatments of this oncegrossly overlooked master.