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  • Birth of St John the Baptist

    Artist:
    Tintoretto, Jacopo (Jacopo Robusti). 1518-1594
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    181x266 cm

Tintoretto, Jacopo (Jacopo Robusti). 1518-1594

Birth of St John the Baptist

Italy, 1550s

Jacopo Tintoretto was the last great master of the Italian Renaissance. The majority of his works are still in Venice, in the so-called Scuolas, or buildings belonging to religious brotherhoods, for which the artist produced them, often working only in return for his keep. Just one work by his hand is now in the Hermitage. In the Gospel According to St Luke (1:7-22) we read how God punished the aging priest Zacharias with dumbness for lack of faith when promised that his elderly wife would bear him a son. He regained the gift of speech after he wrote down the predestined name of the newborn child, John. In Tintoretto's picture we see a combination of genre elements and an almost mystically tense mood.

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Birth of St John the Baptist

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oil

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181x266 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the collection of L.A. Crozat, Baron de Thiers in Paris

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ГЭ-17

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