Miracle of the Slave (Tintoretto)

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Miracle of the Slave
Jacopo Tintoretto - The Miracle of St Mark Freeing the Slave - WGA22480.jpg
Artist Tintoretto
Year 1548
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 416 cm × 544 cm (164 in × 214 in)
Location Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

The Miracle of the Slave (also known as The Miracle of St. Mark, 1548) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Jacopo Tintoretto. Currently housed in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, northern Italy, it was originally commissioned for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, a confraternity in the city.

It portrays an episode of the life of St. Mark, patron saint of Venice, taken from Jacopo da Varazze's Golden Legend. The scene shows, in the upper part, the saint intervening to make invulnerable a slave about to be martyred for his veneration of another saint's relics. All the figures are inscribed into an architectonic scenario.

Different influences on Tintoretto's art can be seen in the picture: while the anatomies are Michelangelo-like, the vivid and intense colors are typical of the Venetian School.


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