Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto

Birth of John the Baptist

Birth of John the Baptist
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Author: Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto
Painting, Oil on canvas, 181x266 cm
Origin: Italy, 1550s

Jacopo Tintoretto was the last great master of the Italian Renaissance. The majority of his works are still in Venice, in the so-called Scuolas, or buildings belonging to religious brotherhoods, for which the artist produced them, often working only in return for his keep. Just one work by his hand is now in the Hermitage.

In the Gospel According to St Luke we read how God punished the aging priest Zacharias with dumbness for lack of faith when promised that his elderly wife would bear him a son. He regained the gift of speech after he wrote down the predestined name of the newborn child, John. In Tintoretto's picture we see a combination of genre elements and an almost mystically tense mood.

Personage: St John the Baptist
Style: Renaissance
Source of entry: Collection of baron L.A. Crozat de Tierra, Paris, 1772
School: Venetian
Theme: The Bible and Christianity

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