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Venice 1519 - 1594
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD
Jacopo Tintoretto, together with Titian and Veronese, was one of the trio of “Great Venetians” of Italian sixteenth century painting.

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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Selected Artworks

Top 3 auction prices

997,801 $
1,956,670 $
3,169,062 $


The sales are: Dorotheum – 18 Dec 2016 lot 26 (907,500 EUR), Christie’s London – 8 Jul 2014 lot 42 (1,142,500 GBP), and Sotheby’s London – 9 Jul 2008 lot 71 (1,609,250 GBP).
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Notable exhibitions

Venice, Palazzo DucaleTintoretto: 1519–2019, 7 September 2018 – 6 January 2019; travelled to Washington D.C., The National Gallery of Art, 24 March – 7 July 2019. Curated by Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman.

Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia, The Young Tintoretto, 7 September 2018 – 6 January 2019. Curated by Roberta Battaglia, Paola Marini and Vittoria Romani.

Madrid, Museo del Prado, Tintoretto, 30 January – 13 May 2007. Curated by Miguel Falomir.




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.

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