One of the first works of the painter Jacopo Tintoretto is considered to be his "Venus, Volcano and Mars." The picture is oil on canvas in 1550. The size of the canvas is 135x198 cm. In it we clearly trace how much Titian influenced Tintoretto.
The plot of the canvas tells us about the classic story from ancient mythology, which Homer described in his work "Odyssey" (8 songs). According to the original source (Homer's Odyssey), Venus cheated on her husband Vulcan with the young and beautiful god Mars. The jealous Vulcan caught the lovers on the net and ridiculed the inhabitants of Olympus.
Tintoretto decided to show his viewers a myth in his own way. God Volcano suddenly appears in the room of his wife Venus. She had previously been engaged in love affairs with Mars (the head of Mars testifies to this, which before the appearance of the Volcano decided to hide a table near the matrimonial bed). At Homer in Odyssey, lovers were put on display by the gods. Tintoretto here decided to depict this picture in his own way - Cupid, instead of protecting his beloved from troubles, peacefully sleeps in the depths of the picture.
Tintoretto in his work showed a frivolous theme, involuntarily evoking a smile from the viewer. The plot highlights the theme of opposing heroes, their unequal marriage. As opposites, we note a woman with the body of a young virgin and an old man who has beautiful muscles and a gray beard. Their bodies help the viewer feel the full depth of the work. This rhythmization of the canvas characterizes the maturity of Tintoretto's work.
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