Part two of the St. Mark Cycle by the Italian master Tintoretto (1518 – 1594). This painting depicts the Venetian Merchants stealing the body of the Saint. In A.D. 828 they found the body of the saint in Alexandria, Egypt, where the locals were about the burn the body of the saint. Taking advantage of a sudden storm, the merchants took the body and brought it to Venice. Painting from 1562-1566.


The painting 'Saint Mark's Body Brought to Venice' by Tintoretto is a dynamic and complex composition filled with movement and drama. It depicts the historical event of the body of Saint Mark being smuggled into Venice from Alexandria. The scene is set in an open, grand architectural space with classical columns, steps, and a building with Renaissance features in the background. The body of Saint Mark is carried by several figures in varied attire. The color palette is rich and dark, with deep reds, blues, and earth tones, and the use of chiaroscuro enhances the three-dimensionality and emotional intensity of the scene. Tintoretto's painting masterfully captures narrative tension and physical effort, emphasizing the significance of Saint Mark to Venice and the dramatic story of his remains being brought to the city.

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Tintoretto: Saint Mark Cycle - Saint Mark’s Body Brought to Venice (1562-1566)
(Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy) Part 2 of the St. Mark Cycle by the Italian master Tintoretto (1518 – 1594). This painting depicts…
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