February 16, 2016.

Painting With The Girls 47

February 16, 2016.

Day 47 (319 days to go).

Postcard watercolor, 5X7 Matted

Tintoretto (1518-1594) was an Italian painter who compared his own drawing to Michelangelo’s and his coloring skills to Titian. He was definitely an aggressive self-promoter, and while other painters would be presenting their sketches for a project, Tintoretto would have them all ready placed and finished for his presentation.

His sales skills and ambition were probably the reason why the Fraternity of San Rocco in Venice hired him to a very well paid commission that lasted for 22 years.

Nancy Frazier writes in Art History, “The overall somber tone of his paintings was quickly achieved by priming the canvas with flat dark colors, usually red or brown. He further increased his velocity by painting with a broad brush. Often he created the impression of deep space rising in the distance, as if to make the figures in the foreground hurtle out of the canvas into the viewer’s space.” This technique described as a series of rapid brushstrokes creating impressions, was called “prestezza”, and may have been entirely his invention. He also painted in a new way requiring that his paintings were supposed to be viewed from a few steps in the distance. 

Tintoretto is well known for his depiction of Saint George fighting a dragon. The lighting and the movement makes the viewer feel one has arrived just as the drama has reached its climax.