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

The Crucifixion (detail)

Oil on canvas
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

In the good and bad thieves to the left and right of Christ, who is already crucified, Tintoretto depicts different phases of the execution.

Tintoretto used Hans Baldung Grien's print as the model for the erection of the cross of the Good Thief. The likeness is particularly evident in the angle of the upright of the cross and the figures of the four executioners in front. He has moved the centurion from the right to the left of the picture. Tintoretto's greater consistency of perspective foreshortenings in the bodies of the executioners and their victim suggests that as usual he checked his model against living sitters.