Tintoretto’s 500th Anniversary Wows Venice

Among the celebrated painters of 16th-century Venice, Tintoretto was the most Venetian. Jacopo Robusti (around 1518-94), nicknamed “the little dyer” after his father’s cloth-dying trade, is recorded as leaving his native city just once in 75 years. Many of his paintings have never left, and still hang in the churches and Scuole (religious confraternities) for which they were made. This autumn, sites across Venice will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth with a run of special events designed to bring the city’s permanent treasures into focus.

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