ROBUSTI, Italian family of painters (Tintoretto and his children)

They were active in Venice, where the career of Jacopo Robusti (called Tintoretto) spanned the mid- to late 16th century. Criticized for his unorthodox professional practices, Jacopo developed a style that was highly idiosyncratic and worked with astonishing rapidity. By 1553 he had married Faustina, daughter of Marco Episcopi (or dei Vescovi), a prominent figure in the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice. Three of their eight children, Marietta Robusti (Tintoretto), Domenico Robusti (Tintoretto) and Marco Robusti (Tintoretto), became artists and were among the many assistants in their father's busy workshop. Marietta, though her career is only scantily documented, seems to have specialized in portrait painting. Domenico adopted his father's style and assisted him on some of his most prestigious commissions, such as that for decorations in the Doge's Palace. He also received several independent commissions, but after Jacopo's death his painting declined.

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