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

St Mary of Egypt (detail)

1582-87
Oil on canvas
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

The small silhouette of St Mary of Egypt stands out by means of bright rays of light as an integrating element of the wide, open landscape. Looking up from her book, the Saint contemplates the landscape before her now made silvery by the moonlight on the water of the stream and on the outline of the high ground.