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Tintoretto is considered one of the greatest Venetian painters of 16th century Italy.
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Contrastly, however, Tintoretto's individualistic style also sets him apart from that movement.
Tintoretto was especially productive during the final two decades of his life. His paintings became darker and more mysterious: for example, in his masterpiece The Last Supper for the church of San Giorgio Maggiore (1594), Christ and the apostles gather around a table that recedes into a deep, shadowy interior space.
Tintoretto's other major commissions from the mid-1570s onward include a cycle of religious paintings for the confraternity building of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, on which he worked from 1575 through 1588, comprised of Old Testament scenes and episodes from the life of Christ, including a large "Crucifixion." He also executed a sequence of mythological paintings for the redecoration of the Doge's Palace.
Tintoretto died in Venice on May 31, 1594. He and his wife, Faustina Episcopi, had eight children; three of them had trained with their father and carried on his artistic legacy.
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