Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice
Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice is a 95-minutes documentary that tells the story of the painter Jacopo Robusti. Son of a dyer, which earned him the name Tintoretto, or ‘little dyer’ (1519-1594), he was in fact the only great Renaissance painter never to leave Venice, not even during the years of the plague. Through the life of the painter, the film outlines the socio-political context of 16th century Venice. It was a culturally flourishing century, during which other giants of the art world also played a leading role, such as Titian and Veronese, Tintoretto’s eternal rivals. At that time, the Serenissima Republic was confirming its maritime supremacy by becoming one of the most powerful merchant ports in Europe and facing the tragic plague of 1575-77, which wiped out most of the population, and left an indelible mark in the Lagoon. It was during the plague that Tintoretto created its most important cycle of paintings; the paintings inside the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. It is a series of canvases that cover most of the walls of the San Rocco confraternity building. Nobody at the time, not even Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, claimed to have signed each painting inside a building. This gigantic work put Tintoretto on top of the Venetian Renaissance’s Olympus. Before that moment, in fact, Tintoretto had struggled to find his space in the artistic panorama of the Republic of Venice because of his rivalry with other two great masters: Titian and Veronese.