THE LAST JUDGEMENT

TINTORETTO: 1563

Paintings of the last judgement are usually sort of chaotic, as that is part of the event, but this is extra disorderly, dark and hard to make out.

Tintoretto has depicted the event in an unusual manner, as a catastrophe involving a flood.

The lower sections show a dark base filled with contorted bodies which blend in with rock and water, an underworld without the usual fire.

Above is a band of sea green, in which there  bodies are washed along in a great wave.

The middle then takes to the air, where figures sit on clouds which are still bringing rain to those in the waters below.

In the upper section, above the angel in orange, rays of light are streaming down from Jesus at the top.

THE PAINTING

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3. ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

Typical Symbols & Attributes of St John the Baptist for this time period:
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raggedy clothing: yes
twig cross: yes
lamb: no

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1. JESUS


With a lily and the VM to the right and a sword and St John the Baptist to the left.
Rays of light are falling down from him thru-out this level in the air.
The top part of the painting is calmer and more organised, which as it descends becomes more and more in disarray.

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1. The Virgin Mary


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2. ST ANDREW

Typical Symbols & Attributes of St Andrew for this time period:

x shaped cross: no
wild hair: no
long beard: yes
book: no

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6. Gaspara Contarini??:

Some think the man dressed in the clothing appropriate for this time was Gaspara Contorini. He was a cardinal whose ashes are buried in this church. He died in 1542 in Bologna but his remains were transported to Madonna del Orto in 1563, the same year Tintoretto painted this painting.

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8. ST SEBASTIAN

Typical symbols & attributes used to identify St Sebastian at this time:

arrows in body: yes
shirtless: yes
young: yes

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7. ST JEROME

Typical symbols & attributes used to identify St Jerome during this time:
old: yes
long beard: yes
lion: no
Book: no
Red hat: no
cross: yes
skull: no
red cape: no but red cloth present

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9. ST LAWRENCE

Typical signs & attributes used to identify St Lawrence at this time:

grate or grill: yes

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5. ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

Typical symbols & attributes of the Archangel Michael for this time:

banner: no
scales: yes
weighing souls: yes
sword: yes
slaying dragons or satan: no
wings: yes

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11. DEVIL

The devil is hard to find in this one. He appears to be vomiting (?) on a naked women in front of him..

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10. BOAT

Maybe boat of Charon transporting people to hell.

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12. WOMEN

On the bottom, there are a few ladies with elaborate hairstyles and fancy dresses. They seem to be highlighted with brighter light.