Domenico Tintoretto (Domenico Robusti)

Datesabout 1560 - 1635
BornVenice, Italy
DiedVenice, Italy

Like many family-trained artists, Domenico Tintoretto began his career by helping his renowned father, Jacopo Tintoretto, in his Venice workshop. In 1576, when Domenico was seventeen years old, he was admitted to the Venetian painters' guild. One of his first assignments outside the workshop included assisting his father with a commission to execute paintings in the Doge's Palace. Domenico then received independent commissions at the palace, creating heroic scenes such as theSecond Conquest of Constantinople. In addition to history painting, Domenico painted portraits and mythological and religious subjects. Throughout his mature years, he collaborated occasionally with his father; however, Domenico was sought after for his own talent. In 1592 he was summoned to Ferrara to paint a portrait of Margaret of Austria. Three years later he traveled to Mantua, commissioned by a member of the Gonzaga family to execute a portrait. Though the influence of his father, and at times even his father's assistants, is evident in many of Domenico's paintings, his drawings are entirely original. One scholar remarked that Domenico replaced "the quick, expressive lines" his father used "with clearly rounded limbs and torsos in chiaroscuro . . . and that he experimented with light as a means of defining form."