- Jacopo Tintoretto, "Self-portrait" (c. 1548). Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Jacopo Tintoretto, "Self-portrait" (1588). Louvre, Paris
The earliest work of Tintoretto, with certainty, is “The Contest of Apollo and Marcia” (1545) from the collection of the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. It was written for Pietro Aretino, who, in a public recommendation, noted the speed of its execution and the genius of the artist.The competition between Apollo and Marcia Jakopo (Robusti) Tintoretto1545, 139.7 × 240 cm. According to the British art critic Jonathan Jones, the art of Tintoretto is "a rejection of Titian's sensuous fullness." “His work actually violates the rules of the Renaissance [...] and is a dizzying mixture of piety and stylistic disobedience,” writes the art historian. Fast and free Tintoretto strokes were considered “radical and even shameful,” adds Robert Ehols.
Left: Jacopo Tintoretto, “The Abduction of the Body of St. Mark” (1566). Academy Gallery, Venice
In addition, the Venetian chose for his figures bold angles and expressive postures - in imitation of Michelangelo. On the wall of the Tintoretto workshop, supposedly, even the motto was written: "Michelangelo's drawing and Titian's color." However, unlike the author of the Sistine Chapel frescoes, Tintoretto worked very quickly, using only light and shadows to model the forms. Because of this, the figures look as if they have acquired plasticity with the help of a kind of magic.
Jacopo Tintoretto, “Portrait of a Bearded Old Man” (second half of the 16th century). Private collection
And the most expensive at the moment picture Tintoretto - "Portrait of a bearded old man", written in the mature period of the career of the master. In July 2008, the canvas, from the end of the 19th century, which was part of the English private collection, was sold at Sotheby's for £ 1.6 million ($ 3.1 million). In this case, a preliminary assessment of the work was only 200 - 300 thousand pounds.