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Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti; 1518-1594) was an Italian painter from Venice. A student of Titian, he is said to have excelled his teacher in his master of color and shadow, and to have been influenced by Michelangelo in his drawing skills. He had a passion for special lighting effects, making wax figures of his subjects and experimenting by placing them before differently angled spotlights before painting them. As a result, certain figures reappear in different works, though they are depicted in different angles and with different lighting.

Tintoretto's most famous works are a series of paintings of scenes from the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary in the Scuola di San Rocco.

Because of his immense popularity among his contemporaries, Tiontoretto often required the assistance of his children, Domenico and Marietta Robusti, both of whom were talented artists in their own right, heavily influenced by their father's style.