This venue is critical to the understanding of Tintoretto's career, with some of his finest paintings being found here. He was tasked with the challenge of capturing key moments from the life of Christ, as described in religious scripture, within a number of large artworks. He achieved greatness with the completed project and the venue now hosts art from a number of other significant painters, including Titian, Palma il Giovane and Francesco Pianta. It remains, for these reasons, one of the artistic highlights of the historically significant city of Venice, which for many centuries was it's own kingdom.
One is uplifted in mood when we see Christ rise into the sky. The light is abundant in his vicinity, where as the figures struggling below are dipped in darkness. We can only see elements of those figures, with different features revealed by the artist but without allowing us to focus too much on them. The centre of the composition includes a number of angels, with mere mortals shown further down. The sheer majesty of something rising from the depths of death makes this extraordinary story a major element within the Bible, and also ideally suited as inspiration for artists of the Renaissance and Mannerist eras.
The Resurrection of Christ essentially proves the power of faith to religious believers. It goes beyond the comprehension of humans, we must just respect and celebrate his re-birth. It is easy to imagine how so many artists found inspiration from this piece of scripture and also why Tintoretto chose this item within his coverage of Christ's life for the commissioned project at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice. As a local himself, this series of paintings would have been a huge pleasure and honour for him and that is perhaps why many consider these works to be amongst the best from his entire career.