(b. ca. 1540, Antwerpen, d. 1596, Venezia)

Doge Ziani Receiving the Benediction of Pope Alexander III

Oil on canvas
Palazzo Ducale, Venice

In this canvas on the wall of the Sala del Maggior Consiglio Fiammingo appears to be adapting himself willingly to the uniformity of Tintoretto's influence, from whose formulas he was able, like many others, to extract those elements which almost automatically amplified the rhetorical discourse to be depicted. The responsibility for maintaining a homogeneous idiom on the walls of the Sala del Maggior Consiglio went to Tintoretto, not only on account of the numerous painting with which his workshop was entrusted, but also, indirectly, because he established himself as an example to be followed.