The origin of the Milky Way, Jacopo Tintoretto
- Posted by Jacopo Tintoretto
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: Around 1575
Overview of the painting :
The origin of the Milky Way – Jacopo (Robusti) Tintoretto. Around 1575. Oil on canvas. 149.4×168
Jacopo Tintoretto is a great artist at the Venetian school of the Late Renaissance.
The work was commissioned by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Rudolf II, to decorate his Prague residence. This is one of the best paintings of the master on the plot of ancient mythology. Another name for this plot is “Nrav Hercules”.
In a wonderful picture of its picturesque virtues, there are many characters and details that have an allegorical and symbolic meaning. At the bottom are the amurs, they hold arrows and a lit torch – attributes of fiery love. The network in the hands of the right-wing amur seems to be hinting at the deception that Jupiter resorted to to immortalize his son. The eagle, a majestic bird floating next to God, was considered his messenger, and sometimes even personified him. He holds in claws an object similar to a two-pointed fork, symbolizing a bunch of flames. This is an attempt by the author to portray lightning, a sign of a thunderstorm god. On the right is a pair of peacocks, they traditionally accompany Juno, the goddess of heaven and the patroness of marriage.