Other than Caravaggio’s today is also the birthday of Tintoretto and that of François Boucher !
Jacopo Comin, whom we know better as Tintoretto, was one of the most important painters of Venetian Renaissance and Mannerism; known also as Jacopo Robusti, because his father defended the city of Padua, and as Il Furioso, because of the very energetic way of painting. His most famous nick name, Tintoretto, comes from his father’s profession - he was a dyer, tintore and his son tintoretto was thus dyer’s boy :) this little dyer was taken to Titian’s studio to learn painting, but was sent home after only 10 days; however, as a young artist he had Il disegno di Michelangelo ed il colorito di Tiziano - Michelangelo’s design and Titian’s colour - inscribed as a credo above his door. He was of good temperament, played the lute and almost never left Venice.
Here are his three self portraits - one from youth (1547) and two from old age (1585 and 1588).