Was Jacopo Tintoretto (real name Jacopo
Robusti) a Mannerist painter or the last great artist of the Italian
Tintoretto had a style that was all his own and did not seek to
paint simply in the 'manner' of the previous generation of artists, so yes, he
was the last of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance.
Born on September 29th,
1518 Jacopo was one of twenty-one children. His father was a silk dyer by trade
and the family was based in Venice. The young
Jacopo was trained for a short period by Titian and was a great admirer of Michelangelo, copying his drawings.
It is even possible that he met Michelangelo on a visit to Rome in 1545.
He tried to synthesise the drawings of Michelangelo and
the colouring of his old master Titian but his use of dark tones illuminated by
gleams of light was a precursor to the Baroque style that became prevalent after
the Renaissance and Mannerist periods.
In 1550 Jacopo married Faustina de Vescovi and she appears to
have produced two sons and five daughters. Two of the sons Domenico and Marco,
and also his daughter Marietta all assisted him in his studio.