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Tintoretto was an Italian painter from Mannerism. He was one of the most notable Venetian school painting exponents and highly appreciated by his contemporaries. His fast and dynamic style of painting rendered him the nickname of Il Furioso or The Furious.
Tintoretto was born as Jacopo Comin in 1518, in Venice, Italy. He was the oldest of 21 children. His father was a tintore, or dyer, giving origin to his nickname of Tintoretto, dyer's boy or little dyer. Jacopo was a born painter, and as his father noted his proficiency, he took his son to Titian's studio to see how far he could go as an artist.
Tintoretto starts studying under Titian around 15 years old, and with only ten days in, the great master sent Tintoretto home for good. Titian observed some very unique style and spirited drawings.
It's unclear the reason of his expelling, whether it was because Titian was jealous of such a young and promising talent or because Tintoretto exhibited his very own style and would not be pupil material. However, they would never have a close relationship, and Titian and his adherents would even give him the cold shoulder. Tintoretto sought no further teachings and became self-taught with much work and zeal.
Some of the surviving artworks are Christ and the Woman of Samaria, The Annunciation, The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Death of Abel, and Adam and Eve. His The Embarkation of St. Helena in the Holy Land was attributed to Andrea Schiavone up until 2012. There were two paintings concluded together as a pair: The Discovery of the Cross and St. Helen Testing the True Cross.
Tintoretto received a commission for his last painting of considerable importance. Paradise was a painting of massive proportions and complex execution, at the time it was regarded as the world's largest canvas painting, size 74.1 by 29.9 feet. The composition is crowded with about 500 highly-detailed figures.
Upon the completion of Paradise, Tintoretto would slow down his production and didn't take any major commissions anymore.
In 1594, Tintoretto was struck with severe stomach pains, aggravated by high fever, depriving him of sleeping and eating. Jacopo Tintoretto died on 31 May 1594 and was buried next to his daughter Marietta, who died four years prior. They rest at the church of the Madonna dell' Orto.