Based on a passage from the New Testament book of Matthew, this work depicts Saint John the Baptist performing Christ's baptism in the river Jordan, during which the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. The powerful modeling of the bodies and luminous color characterize High Renaissance painting in Venice. Because of Tintoretto's pioneering use of rich color, his work was a crucial source for many later artists. Source
Jacopo Tintoretto, also known as Jacopo Robusti, was a great Italian Mannerist painter of the Venetian school. His art is characterized by daring inventiveness in both handling and composition, with his paintings often being large-scale narratives on canvas. He depicted the timeless narratives of Christian art with verve, drama, and boldness.