Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594) is considered one of the greatest Venetian painters and one of the finest painters of the Italian Renaissance. Born the son of Giovanni Comin (nicknamed Robusti), a dyer (tintor) the young Jacopo (or Jacomo as he is sometimes called) was briefly apprenticed to Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) before setting up his own studio. Tintoretto, the little dyer, was his nickname.

He became famous for the speed in which he could produce large canvases which won him commissions not only for many of Venice’s churches, but for the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and, after a devastating fire in 1577, the Doge’s Palace itself. He is perhaps the most ubiquitous painter in Venice and for that reason I’m ending this advent calendar with his nativity which can be seen in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas, or as we say in Venetian, Bon Nadal!