Madonna with three treasurers - Jacopo Tintoretto. 221x520
As in many other dedicatory (votive) canvases of the Italian Renaissance, here Tintoretto (1518 / 1519-1594) traditionally combines a sacred plot with portraits of real people who were the customers of the picture. These are the treasurers of the republic - Michele Pisani, Lorenzo Dolphin and Marino Malipiero. Under their arms, merged into a single field in the left corner, is the Latin motto: “unanimas concordiale simbolus” (“symbol of unanimous consent”), and date-1566, significant for Tintoretto. This year, he was admitted to the Florentine Academy of Drawing along with other Venetians - Titian, Palladio, Sansovino and Salviati. It is believed that the work itself was written a little later, and by that time the service of Malipiero depicted on it was already completed.
Three statesmen of Venice, endowed with financial authority, impeccably honest in the performance of responsible duties, in their worship of Mary and the Baby at the same time thank the Madonna for heavenly protection, and as if dedicate to her the results of her labors in the name of the welfare of the Republic. According to B.R. Wipper, Tintoretto is attracted not so much bodily as emotional, not sensual, but socio-ethical person. It is this spiritual kinship that unites so different portraits of the master. It is interesting that portraiture here is not only images of donors and secretaries with bags of money, but also saints - Sebastian, Mark, Theodore.
The black robes of the heroes emphasize the noble beauty of the canvas - a high example of Venetian colorism with its decorative and expressive power.