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Tradition and Identity

The Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–94) is an ambiguous figure in the history of art. Critics and writers such as Vasari, Ruskin and Sartre all placed him in opposition to the established artistic practice of his time, noting that he had abandoned the values that typified the venerable Venetian Renaissance tradition, even being expelled as an apprentice from the workshop of Titian.

This generously illustrated book offers a long-overdue re-evaluation of Tintoretto. Tom Nichols charts the artist’s life and work in the context of Venetian art and the culture of the Cinquecento. He shows how the artist created a new manner of painting, which for all its originality and sophistication made its first appeal to the shared emotions of the widest-possible viewing audience. The book deals extensively with Tintoretto’s greatest works, including the paintings at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice.

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324 pages

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tintoretto, Tradition, Identity
1. Tintoretto, Titian, Michelangelo
2. Tintoretto and Venetian Literary Culture
3. Prices and Patrons
4. Tintoretto at San Rocco I: 1564-7
5. Tintoretto at San Rocco II: 1575-88
Appendix I: The Prices of Tintoretto’s Paintings
Appendix 2: Genealogy of the ’Tocco d’Oro’ Soranzo
Select Bibliography
List of Illustrations

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