THE BIBLE IN THE WORK OF TINTORETTO – SCUOLA GRANDE DI SAN ROCCO – MARCIANUM PRESS
“La Bibbia secondo Tintoretto” by Ester Brunet (Marcianum Press, 2012) is a deft but painstaking guide to the large paintings created by Jacopo Tintoretto in the second half of the 16th century to decorate the rooms of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice. For a long time people have felt the need for a guide like this to help visitors to comprehend the intricate content of Tintoretto’s series of works. Many people consider them to be the “Sistine Chapel” of Venice, not just because of the superb artistry on display but also due to the complexity of the theological references and the profundity of the Biblical culture that they portray. The picture that emerges of Tintoretto and his work at San Rocco is fascinating. The painter showed great familiarity with the religious themes and theological disputes of his time. He was able to draw confidently on his supreme figurative capacities to give specific meaning to the events in the Holy Bible.
Coordinator: Ester Brunet