The miracle of St. Mark, Jacopo Tintoretto

The miracle of St. Mark, Jacopo Tintoretto
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  • Posted by Jacopo Tintoretto
  • Museum: Academy Gallery
  • Year: 1547-1548

Overview of the painting :

The miracle of St. Mark – Jacopo Tintoretto. 1547-1548. Oil on canvas. 416×544

   Works dedicated to the patronage of Venice were often ordered by local nobility artists. The scuola Grande di San Marco, a rich and powerful association of spice traders, also decorated its premises with scenes from the life of a saint. For her, thirty-year-old Tintoretto performed the composition “Miracle of St. Mark”, gaining his first unconditional success. By the time the canvases were created, significant changes had taken place in Venetian painting. Tintoretto, the youngest contemporary of Giorgione, Titian and the great masters of the High Renaissance of Central Italy, not only learned their lessons (“Michelangelo drawing, Titian’s color”), but also developed in his work the tension of passions and forms, which literally blows up the space of his picturesque worlds.

   It is in “The Miracle of St. Mark” (the apostle frees a Christian slave from torture) that researchers discover the first triumphant manifestation of Tintoretto’s synthetic manner, independent of any influence. It was noted that the semi-lying figure in the red turban on the right side is a quote from Michelangelo’s preparatory drawing for the figure on the Lorenzo Medici sarcophagus, and the general composition resembles Raphael’s cardboard “Sacrifice in Lystra”, however, compared to the latter, it is filled with imperious dynamism.

   As for the features of the picturesque arrangement of the canvas, the restless game of unnatural light, with which the artist creates a wonderful atmosphere, is especially noticeable with a juicy and bold palette of character costumes. However, beauty least allows here bodily sensuality, still preserved by forms, it makes you see images as if with mystical vision. The master becomes one of the first pro-breeders of the art of counter-reformation.