Venice is unique in all the world: for centuries it was one of the richest and most powerful State in Europe. Over the years its inhabitants have embellished it with magnificent buildings and splendid works of art. Famous artist, but also architects and sculptors, writers and musicians, military leaders and travellers were born and worked in Venice. Some of them you might know through the works of genius that they have left here; others travelled and created magnificent works in courts all over Europe. We want to introduce you one of the most important…but you’ll discover lots of others in the churches and amongst the calli of this magical city.
Jacopo Robusti, know as TINTORETTO, was born in 1500. He was called Tintoretto because his father was a cloth-dyer (tintore). From a very early age he had a passion for paints which he would steal and use to paint the walls of his father’s workshop. Vivacious and highly spirited, they also called him “granelo de pevere” or grain of pepper! But he was extremely good at his work, becoming one of the most famous painters in the world. He painted scenes from the Bible or stories about Venice, but always included lots of details from the everyday life of his time; the cat on a bed-warmer, a sumptuous banquet, an old lady spinning….
His daughter, Marietta, imitated him from an early age and was to become famous for her portraits of rich and important people. She was nicknamed…Tintoretta! Their house is in sestiere Cannaregio next to the ponte dei Mori.
To get to know this painter better all you have to do is wander round the churches, buildings and museums of Venice. During our free tours - Free Walk in Venice, we’ll tell you the places where his most famous paintings are: the Doge’s Palace, Gallerie dell’Accademia, San Trovaso Church, Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Madonna dell’Orto Church…go find him!