The National Gallery of Art Has Tintoretto Fever
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The National Gallery of Art Has Tintoretto Fever

The museum celebrates the brilliance of the Late Renaissance artist of Venice with not one but three exhibitions. "Self-Portrait" by Jacopo Tintoretto (c. 1588) For the next 12 weeks, one self portrait is a reason alone to visit the National Gallery of Art. It’s a piercing painting by Jacopo Comin , a Late Renaissance artist of Venice better known by his nicknames, Jacopo Robusti or especially Tintoretto (“little dyer”). The painting is petite but far from small. The portrait captures all the swagger of a painter who came to be called Il Furioso. Tintoretto’s confrontational gaze arrests viewers. Framed by his shaggy curls and unruly beard, his face appears bathed in dim light, warm in the darkness. He wears an anonymous black tunic to blend in with the void around him; he is dressed in brushstroke. His composure is a flex, a declaration of ambition and restlessness. The close-in illumination is an exercise in chiaroscuro and intimacy, undisguised by jewelry or garments or other trappings of status. The portrait looks like it must belong to a later century, an exercise by Rembrandt or Goya or Courbet . The self portrait is only the opening salvo. Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance […]

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