The Crucifixion, Tintoretto, 1565. (518cm x 1124cm) -huuugee!
Tintoretto was known for his dramatic scenes, this one is an enormous piece that hangs in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, in Venice. The figures are seemingly larger than life size.
The myriad figures are all busy doing something, apart from Christ. It is a triple crucifixion; Christ is being crucified along with the other two thieves. One of the thieves is depicted on the ground, waiting to be raised besides Christ and the other thieve is in the process of being raised up on his cross, we can clearly see people pulling him up from the front and being pushed from behind.
The light source is again coming from Christ; he is radiating light to the rest of the scene from his immense halo, which almost look like transparent wings.
The whole scene is boisterously colourful, with each figure playing a part in this scene, the movement is almost audible, as we can sense the chaos and drama that is going on. Nothing in this painting is calm, all the figures are doing something, the populated crowd of soldiers, executioners, horsemen and apostles, including the horses, everything is pelting energy.
The horses are a reminder of Uccello’s ‘Battle of San Romano’. The ladder is depicted in order to increase our sense of Christ’s potential appetite for dramatic movement, it is placed between Christ’s body and the cross itself. He foreshadowing Christ’s revival with the ladder, as if he is going to step down and climb down the ladder. “This is the largest, grandest and most fanfarishly dramatic of an entire patchwork of biblical scenes by the same artist, which adorn the walls and the ceilings of this 16th century scuola in Venice”. He has depicted a very important scene for all Christians, which makes the painting have emotional and perhaps, personal characteristics to it. -T - 41 minutes ago