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The Creation of Animals, Jacopo Tintoretto, 1550

The Creation of Animals, Jacopo Tintoretto, 1550

The Creation of Animals - Jacopo Tintoretto. 151x258

Tintoretto combined Venetian colorism and Florentine-Roman plasticism in his work. However, his painting is a unique phenomenon thanks to theatrical and stage effects, unusual compositional solutions, including unexpected angles, and a free manner of writing, in which a special expressive language was created.

Tintoretto's compositional solution is borrowed from the Titian canvas "Bacchus and Ariadne." Here, almost the same landscape is in the background, but unlike the work of Titian, the heavenly vault, along which the flying figure of the Creator, shrouded in a golden glow, moves, is still immersed in twilight. Birds quickly rush out from under his hands, small animals just born of divine will “crowd” on the earth, and large animals follow him, even a unicorn among them. As a true resident of the maritime republic, Tintoretto paid special attention to the fish, drawing them so that it is possible to identify different species.

For the first time in many centuries, curators used the picture for display in the context of contemporary art. This happened at the Venice Biennale in 2011. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Tintoretto’s canvas became the highlight of a huge exhibition devoted to the most pressing phenomena of contemporary art!


Watch the video: The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art 2018: Against Titian (August 2021).