the course proposes to investigate one of the most brilliant protagonists of the Venetian art in the XVI century, Jacopo Robusti called the Tintoretto. Students will be given the instruments for analyzing issues and themes of the lagoon renaissance.
Content of the course: Jacopo Tintoretto and his family
The course aims at pointing out the evolution, the achievements and the heritage of one of the outstanding figures of the artistic scenery in Venice, who was the protagonist of the Venetian linguistic renewal in the second half of the XVI century. Under this point of view, Tintoretto was not only a rival to Tiziano, who was the undisputed ruler of the aristocratic trade until that moment, but also a coherent and alternative proposal: the innovative message suggested by Robusti indeed, as historical sources confirm, consisted in an audacious conjunction of the Michaelangelesque drawing with the colour of the Venetian painters. Through this synthesis, he was able to elaborate a narrative and expressive syntax that became quickly (and for the whole length of his career) a leading and successful message for Tintoretto’s public, both among the Scuole and the collectors. Maintaining the focus on this aspects, during the course some of the most representative works executed by the master will be analyzed both under a formal and an iconographic point of view.
Texts of reference: notes from lessons. However, as an anticipation, the fundamental bibliography is:
- L’opera completa del Tintoretto, introduction by C. Bernari; critical and philological texts by P. De Vecchi, Milano, Rizzoli, 1978
- R. Pallucchini, P. Rossi, Jacopo Tintoretto, Milano, Electa, 1990 (new ed.)
As long as the course goes on, and particularly during the first lessons, students will be given specific suggestions.
Teaching methods: two lessons a week lasting two hours each. The arguments discussed at lessons will be illustrated with the use of slides and images that students will have the possibility of consulting entirely at the end of the course.
Students that cannot attend the course are invited to be present at least at the first lessons to receive useful information for the preparation of the examination.