500 years ago in Venice, a star was born. Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto began painting at a time when radical social change marked the beginning of the European Reformation. With fast brushstrokes and daring compositions, his paintings captured the complexities and challenges of this new modern age.
Tintoretto – The Man Who Killed Painting tells the story of his daring life, from the young artist who invented his own innovative style, to his rivalry with Titian, Raphael and Michelangelo, to his death. His biography is interwoven with the history of Venice, a maritime republic and the gateway to Europe.
Tintoretto‘s most important paintings give the film its narrative structure. Each topic is introduced through one of his most important works. We dive into his world through animations of maps and historical letters, illuminated by historians and curators. High-quality, cinematic reenactment in front of the golden landscape of Venice brings 16th century Italy to life. This documentary tells the story of the most radical and courageous painter of the age.