The page of Avram Rudaizky (+ 2001)
Throughout historical time men have used different means for
self-promotion to demonstrate their power, social status and wealth.
Today, as well as in earlier times, such self-promotion took priority to
the historical facts. A splendid example of this is the "Gonzaga-Cycle",
currently displayed at Die Alte Pinakothek in Munich (Germany), painted by
the Italian Renaissance painter Jacobo Tintoretto (1518-1594) on the order
of Guglielmo Gonzaga (1528-1587), the third duke of Mantua between 1558
and 1580, whose family at that time was among the most influential in
The Margrave. The painting shows Tintoretto's interpretation of the Investiture in 1433 of Giovanni Francesco Gonzaga as Margrave. The drawing to the right shows how the artist first made a nude study of the slightly stooped Margrave, before he was clad in colours on the canvas.
of these paintings reveal the artistic techniques Tintoretto applied in
his works, showing for example that he first made nude studies of his
figures on canvas before he clad them by colours. He applied this
technique throughout his whole career.
Bibliography: Volker Reinhardt, Die grossen Familien Italiens (Kröner Verlag 1992). Exhibition Catalogue from "Jacopo Tintoretto, Der Gonzaga-Zyklus", Alte Pinakothek, München.
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