Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice tells the story of the painter Jacopo Robusti (1519-1594), the only great Renaissance artist to never leave Venice (even during the plague years), who earned the moniker of Tintoretto, or the Little Dyer, thanks to his father’s profession. Through the life of the painter, the film outlines the socio-political context of 16th-century Venice. It was a culturally flourishing century, during which other giants of the art world such as Titian and Veronese, Tintoretto’s eternal rivals, also played a leading role. At that time, the Serenissima Republic was becoming one of the most powerful merchant ports in Europe and facing the tragic plague of 1575-77, which left an indelible mark in the Lagoon. Tintoretto is in almost every museum in the world and yet it is only in Venice that one can understand and love him. Tintoretto is the true mirror of the lagoon city; in life and work, he reflects its spirit. He’s a one of a kind genius: open-minded, restless, brave and with a strong love for freedom – unstable and elusive, just like Venice.