7) Jacopo Tintoretto, the finding of the body of St. Mark 1518-1594 This painting is a tour de force of perspective and has the great color that distinguishes Venetian painting of this era, like Titian. Notice the figure on the left echoed by tat on the right. The bold sunlight that beams across the lower part of the painting and illuminates the corpse on the floor is exciting and very effective. Squint and see the strange bright abstract shapes that are arrayed across the lower part of the painting. Tintoretto was very good at light effects. This is before Caravaggio or Rembrandt later carried this kind of thing further.
Tintoretto was the oldest in a Venetian family of twenty one children. His father was a dyer, hence the name Tintoretto, a dyer works with tints or colors.
Above is a picture of the Scuola grande di San Rocco, in Venice. Tintoretto did ceiling decorations for this fabulous coffered ceiling. It is awe inspiring. Evidently they have been badly retouched but they sure impressed me.
8) Tintoretto, Paradise 1588 and I ask you to click on the image below to see the enormous reproduction. This painting on canvas is 74 feet by 30 feet and may be the largest oil on canvas ever done. I am sure some joker has made something larger, but I guarantee it is not competition for this behemoth. This is a work of mad genius.
This grand painting is also in Venice.
9) Another Titian The man with Gloves from the Louvre
As I do this list I am beginning to realize how subjective this all is. I should call it 100 paintings artists should know (in the opinion of Stapleton Kearns). It is unknown who the sitter was but he was certainly an aristocrat, Titian was sometimes called the "painter of princes" This is a beautiful and subtly arranged pattern of lights and darks. The bright shirt leads your eye from the head down to the pointing hand, that directs your eye to the right, to the other hand, from whence your eye is carried in a circular fashion back to the head..You are carried through the painting and then returned to the head by this emphatic wedge of bright value. This painting is in the same room of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa and held my attention longer. It must I suppose be seen to really be appreciated. It is a glowing and almost living presence in there behinds it's frame.
Tintoretto Paradise, courtesy of the web gallery of art
Titian from artrenewal.org