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Slideshow: X-ray reveals secrets of Tintoretto's painting

“Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” at the MFA.
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2009

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These clues suggest the Nativity recycles parts of a crucifixion set in the heavens, much as this painting attributed to the workshop of Tintoretto’s son Domenico, The Trinity Adored by a Heavenly Choir, from about 1600. The figures probably look upward and throw out their arms in the MFA painting because they were originally gazing at (a now absent) Jesus surrounded by angels.
Painting courtesy of the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina.
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