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Tintoretto : tradition and identity
Nichols, Tom, 1958-
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London : Reaktion, 1999.
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278 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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The Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1518--94) is an ambiguous figure in the history of art. Critics and writers such as Vasari, Ruskin and Sartre all placed him in opposition to the established artistic practice of his time, noting that he had abandoned the values that typified the venerable Venetian Renaissance tradition, even being expelled as an apprentice from the workshop of Titian.

This generously illustrated book offers a long-overdue re-evaluation of Tintoretto. Tom Nichols charts the artist's life and work in the context of Venetian art and the culture of the Cinquecento. He shows how the artist created a new manner of painting, which for all its originality and sophistication made its first appeal to the shared emotions of the widest-possible viewing audience. The book deals extensively with Tintoretto's greatest works, including the paintings at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice.

Author Notes

Tom Nichols is Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. 6
Prefacep. 10
Acknowledgementsp. 11
Introduction: Tintoretto, Tradition, Identityp. 12
1 Tintoretto, Titian, Michelangelop. 28
2 Tintoretto and Venetian Literary Culturep. 68
3 Prices and Patronsp. 100
4 Tintoretto at San Rocco I: 1564-7p. 148
5 Tintoretto at San Rocco II: 1575-88p. 174
Conclusionp. 238
Appendix 1 The Prices of Tintoretto's Paintingsp. 241
Appendix 2 Genealogy of the 'Tocco d'Oro' Soranzop. 244
Referencesp. 245
Select Bibliographyp. 265
List of Illustrationsp. 268
Indexp. 273