This documentary, made to celebrate the half-century since Tintoretto’s birth, traces the life of this groundbreaking artist, his skills as a painter and his rivalry with Titian and Veronese.
Tintoretto is seen to be a bold, self-assured artist who was also an astute businessman and operator, famous in his day for undercutting other painters’ prices. He worked fast and his paintings - over 300 of them - were mostly commissioned for buildings in Venice where, happily, they remain today. Tintoretto’s life and those works encapsulate the essence of the Venetian Republic of his day, then at the peak of its influence as one of the most powerful ports in Europe.
As Rebel In Venice shows, it is only by seeing this great Renaissance figure in the context of sixteenth-century Venetian life and politics that one can truly understand and love his work. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.