(real name Jacopo Robusti, 1518 - 1594) Venetian painter. Called Il Furioso because of the extreme rapidity with which he painted, Tintoretto executed fine portraits and large decorative canvases, mainly in the Scuola di San Rocco and in the doge's palace of his native city. His vast imagination often took a mystical turn as he experimented with the mysterious effects of barely lighted interior and exterior scenes. A master of movement, he used perspective and foreshortening to give drama and excitement to his scenes from the New Testament. His leading works include the San Rocco frescoes -- the largest collection of works by one painter in a single building to be found anywhere. The best known of these are The Annunciation and The Agony in the Garden.
In the ducal palace are Four Allegories of Venice and Bacchus and Ariadne. In the Venetian Accademia are the paintings Legend of the Body of St. Mark. Having painted a Crucifixion from a revolutionary side view, he turned to the theme of the Last Supper and avoided frontality by setting the table in diagonal perspective. The latter painting, perhaps his single best - known work, is in the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. Tintoretto's influence was immediately felt by Rubens and Rembrandt.