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Italian painter of the Renaissance school

Tintoretto (1518 – 31 May 1594), born Jacopo Comin, was an Italian Renaissance painter. He was known by the nickname Il Furioso. His works are very dramatic, often depicting muscular figures and a bold use of perspective. These elements he paints in the Mannerist style. His use of colour and light, however, is typical of the Venetian School.[2]

Detail of a self-portrait
Jacopo Comin

late September or early October 1518 [1]
Died31 May 1594, (aged 75)
Venice, Republic of Venice, in present-day Italy
Known forPainting

Tintoretto was from Venice. He spent most of his life painting there. He was a devout Roman Catholic. He painted frescos and other murals on the walls and ceilings of several churches and other buildings in Venice, such as the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Doge's Palace. His largest work is Il Paradiso, which dominates the main hall of the Doge's Palace. It is 22.6 x 9.1 metres in size, and is said to be the largest painting ever done on canvas.


  1. Tintoretto and De Vecchi 1970, p. 83.
  2. Zuffi, Stefano (2004). One Thousand Years of Painting. Milan, Italy: Electa. p. 427.


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