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Documentary - Completed 2019

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, with the participation of Peter Greenaway, a film to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the last great artist of Italian Renaissance. A tour in Venice through the works of Tintoretto. A Proto Rockstar-David Bowie.
The first film director in history-Jean-Paul Sartre

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Giuseppe DOMINGO ROMANO
    • Synopsis
    • This new exclusive documentary film by Sky Arts is dedicated to an extraordinary painter, who was both erratic and highly spirited, as well as instinctive and passionate.
      Son of a dyer, which earned him the name Tintoretto, or ‘little dyer’ (1519-1594), he was in fact the only great Renaissance painter never to leave Venice, not even during the years of the plague. We will in fact be fully immersed in Renaissance Venice as we visit some of the places that evoke and preserve the memory of the artist, from the State Archives to the Doge's Palace, from St. Mark's Square to the Church of San Rocco. We will be guided through the events that occurred in the life of Jacopo Robusti, professionally known as Tintoretto, from the early years of his artistic training up to his death, not to mention the fascinating period during which he set up his workshop, where some of his children also worked, Domenico, who inherited his father’s business, and his beloved Marietta, also a talented painter. The film, created and written by Melania G. Mazzucco, with special guest, director Peter Greenaway, is narrated by the engaging voice of Helena Bonham Carter - twice Academy Award nominee. Through the painter’s life - the life of an unconventional, restless artist characterized by an endless desire for independence and a total love of freedom - Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice will outline the features of Venice in the 16th Century. It was a culturally flourishing century, during which other giants of the art world also played a leading role, such as Titian and Veronese, Tintoretto’s eternal rivals. At that time, the Serenissima Republic was confirming its maritime supremacy by becoming one of the most powerful merchant ports in Europe and facing the tragic plague of 1575-77, which wiped out most of the population, and left an indelible mark in the Lagoon. It was in fact during the plague that Tintoretto created his most important cycle. Venice was deserted, dark, and ghostly, with the corpses of plague victims floating down the canals, yet Tintoretto stayed in the city to continue his greatest work: the cycle of paintings of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a series of canvases that cover most of the walls of the building named after the famous confraternity. No one at the time, not even Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, got to paint an entire building.
      Many experts will accompany the viewer through Tintoretto’s life, such as art historians Kate Bryan, Matteo Casini, Astrid Zenkert, Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel, Michel Hochmann, Tom Nichols and Frederick Ilchman the curator of the “Tintoretto 1519-1594” Exhibition at the Doge's Palace, the writers Melania G. Mazzucco and Igiaba Scego, and the restorers Sabina Vedovello and Irene Zuliani, working on the restoration of Tintoretto’s Two Marys.