While Veronese was promoted by Titian as his artistic heir, Tintoretto was seen as a potential rival. While Titian developed an international clientele, Tintoretto executed most of his greatest works in Venice. He liked to work on a large scale and kept his prices down, sometimes painting ‘loss leaders’ to secure business. His best clients were charitable institutions called Scuole, some of which had limited resources.
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Books on Jacopo Tintoretto
Robert Echols and Fredrick Ilchman, Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice, New Haven, 2018.
David Rosand, Painting in Sixteenth-Century Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Cambridge, 1998.
Thomas Bernhard, Old Masters: A Comedy, 1985, Ewald Osers, trans., Chicago, 1992.
Rodolfo Palucchini and Paola Rossi, Tintoretto: Le Opere Sacre e Profane, Milan, 1982.
Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artist, 1550, Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella, trans., New York, 2009.