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Jacopo Tintoretto

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Jacopo Tintoretto | Venice 1518-1594 | Cristo risorgente (The risen Christ) c.1555 | Oil on canvas | 201 x 139cm | Purchased 1981. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

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Jacopo Tintoretto
Venice 1518-1594
Cristo risorgente (The risen Christ) c.1555
Oil on canvas
201 x 139cm
Purchased 1981. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Jacopo Tintoretto

Cristo risorgente (The risen Christ) c.1555

Jacopo Tintoretto was one of the leading painters in Venice during the second half of the sixteenth century. He was nicknamed 'little dyer' for his father's occupation of tintore (a dyer) and 'il furioso' ('the furious one') for his rapid method of painting.

Tintoretto is best known for his religious works, many of which were commissioned by churches, though he also painted portraits of eminent Venetians.

Cristo risorgente (the risen Christ) c.1555 reveals a mannerist style, emphasising a dramatic, theatrical mise en scène, a heightened use of colour, and an asymmetrical composition.

The figure of the risen Christ dominates the scene, and almost the entire canvas. Rising from the sarcophagus, he appears to be levitating. This and the halo of light around his head illustrate his supernatural powers and the triumph over death.

A red cloak and a flag (bearing the red cross of the resurrection) stream to the left side of the painting while Christ turns to the right in the act of blessing a recently awoken guard.