Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto's Venice

Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto's Venice

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This book offers the reader an unprecedented and fascinating glimpse of life in Tintoretto’s Venice.


Five hundred years after his birth, Venice celebrates the artistic achievement and era of Jacopo Tintoretto. The success of Jacopo and his son Domenico is inextricably linked to the Scuola Grande di San Marco, which houses some of the most famous paintings in 16th-century Venetian art. Founded in 1261 as a flagellant congregation, the Scuola became a charitable institution that even provided medical care for the poorest of its members. Now home to the monumental library and medical museum of Venice's Ospedale Civile (City Hospital), the Scuola is a fitting backdrop to Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto's Venice.


Bodies in ecstasy, bodies in tortuous pain, bodies devoid of life, and bodies rising to the afterlife: the subject of the human is central to the work Tintoretto accomplished at the Scuola Grande di San Marco. This volume explores the representation of the human body in artistic and medical traditions in an effort to understand the role of idealized and nonidealized bodies in Renaissance culture. This book draws on archival documents, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, prints, medals, drawings and paintings to examine the interconnection between art and medicine, anatomical studies and devotional belief. Special topics such as medical care for the monks of the Scuola further enliven this central theme.

  • Softcover
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • 136 pages
  • Published: 2019

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