Description of the picture:
Madonna with 3 treasurers – Jacopo Tintoretto. Around 1567. Oil on canvas. 221×520
As in almost all 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 slogan: “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 understood that the work itself was written a little later, and by then the service of Malipiero depicted on it was already completed.
The three municipal spouses of Venice, vested with monetary authority, impeccably honest in the performance of responsible duties, in their worship of Mary and the Baby at the same time thank Madonna for heavenly protection, and as if devote to her the results of their labors for the welfare of the Republic. According to B.R. Wipper, Tintoretto is attracted not so much by the body as by the emotional, not sensual, but the socio-ethical image of a person. It is this spiritual kinship that unites so different portraits of the master. It is interesting that portraits here are 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."