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

View of the Sala Inferiore

1583-87
Oil on canvas
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Between July 1583 and August 1587, Tintoretto returned to work in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Nearly seventy years old, he painted eight large canvases on the walls of the Sala Inferiore (Ground-floor Hall), a fine interior whose roof beams are supported by two rows of slender columns. The tempestuous energy and passion for the light that animated the earlier works for the Scuola had given way to a more contemplative and spiritual vision.