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

Jonah Leaves the Whale's Belly

1577-78
Oil on canvas, 265 x 370 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

In this painting Tintoretto catches the moment when Jonah comes out of the enormous jaws of the monstrous fish and suddenly finds himself before God. The scene turns out to have an amazing intensity of feeling for life because of the characteristic strength behind the brush-work and the contrasting succession of shades of colour.