June 19, 2019

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June 18, 2019

Like his predecessor Michelangelo, Tintoretto worked in various media, including sculpting. Here is his own work on Samson, following Michelangelo’s previous efforts to depict the same scene. First he did a sketch, then the statue itself. Sometimes, Tintoretto would make other preliminary sorts of works, for example mannequins, so he could get the proportions right…… All in all, this exhibit was splendid and very revealing of the scope of Tintoretto’s work. Of course he also did standard portraits as well……. Read more

June 17, 2019

One of the more truly colossal paintings of Tintoretto is the one he did in the Doge’s Palace covering an entire wall. It is the scene called ‘Paradise’ and serves as a reminder to those who came to the Doge for ‘judgments’ that there would be a final one, and a heaven to be gained. This painting owes something to Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel painting, as is readily observed. Read more

June 16, 2019

The Last Supper was a common subject for Italian religious paintings, and here Tintoretto, like Da Vinci depicts the moment after Jesus said, ‘one of you will betray me’ and the disciples are all asking ‘is it I?’ Below is the apparition of Mary to St. Jerome… Patrons of the arts could be really quite self-indulgent, and so here we have pictures of the Doge and his family in the painting with Madonna and child , or the city treasurers… Read more

June 15, 2019

Here is a quite revealing self-portrait of Tintoretto as an older man. Tintoretto, unlike Da Vinci, was a deeply religious man, and so he tried to paint Biblical scenes in an interesting but appropriate manner. Here is a picture of Jesus’ baptism by John. proving it was done as a sprinkling not an immersion (from the Catholic viewpoint). Here is the flagellation of Christ…. Here is the entombment of Christ…. My favorite OT painting of Tintoretto is the creation of… Read more

June 14, 2019

(This review just appeared in the SBL review of books available online through the SBL website—This review was published by RBL 2019 by the Society of Biblical Literature. For more information on obtaining a subscription to RBL, please visit http://www.bookreviews.org/subscribe.asp.). Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington III The Gospel of Luke New Cambridge Bible Commentary Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. x + 715. Paper. $39.99. ISBN 9780521676816. Troy M. Troftgruben Wartburg Seminary In the field of New Testament studies, Amy-Jill… Read more

June 14, 2019

Tintoretto was also asked to paint legendary and even mythological scenes. The first two below are versions of St. George and the Dragon. In the next painting King Midas judges a musical contest between Pan on his pipes and Apollo with his lyre…. Read more

June 13, 2019

Some of Tintoretto’s religious paintings that have been hanging in old churches in Venice are so enormous that one needs to back up 50 feet to take it in, or alternately get very close is see the details. This very busy painting of the conversion of St. Paul on Damascus Road is just full of activity and the eye darts around looking at it all. Here is the deposition of Christ, a very familiar scene often painted. The el Greco… Read more

June 12, 2019

The largest exhibit of Tintoretto’s work outside of Italy is now on display in the National Gallery, and well worth a visit. Here’s a little info about the famous painter…. Tintoretto, like most artists, needed patrons, and of course the church was a major patron of the arts in his day, and equally clearly they wanted religious paintings. Here’s a couple of examples…. This last painting is his earliest, and it is interesting to see how his skill evolved over… Read more

June 11, 2019

Probably the two most technically skilled Impressionists were Monet and Renoir, and for good reason two of the most famous painters of the last 150 years. Here are some of their best efforts. First, Monet, and then the final picture of the little girl in blue is a very famous painting by Auguste Renoir. Compare these paintings and see what you think. Renoir lived until 1919, living through WWI, and he had the benefit of having many Impressionist predecessors from… Read more

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