Jacopo Tintoretto

Tintoretto's Last Supper

Tintoretto's Last Supper, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

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Tintoretto (1518 - 1594) is considered to be the predecessor of Rembrandt because of his constant aim to create contrasts between dark and light. Tintoretto's paintings are recognized for the dramatic feelings they evoke; they are characterized by sharp light, luminous half shadows and different shades of colour. Geometry was a basic element in his works, as he was interested in perfectly recreating perspective.

He was also greatly influenced by Michelangelo and by his depiction of human figures: humans in Tintoretto's works have the same strong body as those by Michelangelo. His stand-out ability was painting very quickly. Schools such as the "Scuola di San Rocco", were fascinated by Tintoretto's ability to paint.

Venice is full of his works; the most famous are the Last Supper and the "Crucifixion".

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