Miracle of the Slave (Tintoretto)

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Miracle of the Slave
Accademia - Miracle of the Slave by Tintoretto.jpg
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions416 cm × 544 cm (164 in × 214 in)
LocationGallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Miracle of the Slave (also known as The Meiracle 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 Saint 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.

External video
Jacopo tintoretto, san marco libera uno schiavo, 1547-48, da capitolo della scuola grande di s.marco 11.JPG
Tintoretto, The Miracle of the Slave, 7:02, Smarthistory[1]


  1. ^ "Tintoretto, The Miracle of the Slave". Smarthistory at Khan Academy. Retrieved October 10, 2014.

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