the Little Art Seeker is back to present you its ‘coups de coeurs »in Paris in this beautiful month of May!For you we visited the gorgeous exhibition dedicated to the Venitian painter Tintoretto.
The man was born,Jacopo Robusti, in Venice in 1518 into a family of dyers,hence his name Tintoretto ,meaning little dyer.It is said that he used his father ‘s dyes to imagine incredible graffiti.
The exhibition showcases the first years of Tintoretto’s work when he was searching for celebrity in a city full of great painters such as Veronese;Titian and Bassano!
Venice at the time was a cosmopolitan city where artists and intellectuals flocked from the rest of Italy and of all Europe!
Tintoretto didn’t belong to the ruling class of the city,but his talent allowed him to find his way and pass from the wealthy households tp public space,from churches to the doge’s palace.He was influenced by the painting of Titian ,his elder and the star of Venice but also by Raphael and Michelangelo.He combined many sources of inspiration to formulate an original vision.
Tintoretto became famous very fast but this brought him a lot of enemies in Venice.He became famous because of the numerous portraits he realized of the Venitian society.He managed to render the faces of his Venitian clientele with an incredible sensitive and intense expression.The little Art Seeker loved these kind of selfies of the 16th century!
The little art seeker loved also especially,the scenes taken from the bible and the old testament,tales and mythology .These decorative paintings were made to adorn the houses of the wealthy Venitians.Our coup de coeur went to the labyrinth of love.
By the early 1550’s,Tintoretto’s reputation was established and major commissions flooded in.Between 1551 nad 1556,the female nude occupied a central place in his production such as Eve,Susanna and the muses .Although he was not yet married ,he used these images to immortalise the features of his mistress,the mother of Marietta,his favourite daughter.The exhibition ends around 1555,when he was commissioned by all the great figures of Venice to adorn their palaces .Tintoretto,the son of a modest dyer ,managed to assert himself as one of the greatest artist of his time ,the one who bridged the gap between the Renaissance of the 16th century and the Baroque era of the 17th century.
So if you have a few hours to spend in Paris museums ,go and see this beautiful exhibition in the middle of the delicious Luxembourg garden,the Little Art Seeker,warmly recommends it!