(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

The Conversion of Saul

c. 1545
Oil on canvas, 152 x 236 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

This large canvas shows the conversion of Saul, formerly a persecutor of Christians and later known as Paul, when he was flung to the ground by a bright light on his way to Damascus, blinded, and addressed by the loud voice of God. Echoes of famous works by Leonardo, Raphael and Titian demonstrate the young Tintoretto's huge ambition. He is already emulating the great battle paintings of the High Renaissance.