San Silvestro is a church building in the sestiere of San Polo of Venice, northern Italy.
The interior has a famous Tintoretto's painting: “Baptism of Christ” . It looks almost anonymous. Tintoretto (Italian pronunciation: [tintoˈretto] was an Italian painter and a notable exponent of the Venetian school. The speed with which he painted, and the unprecedented boldness of his brushwork, were both admired and criticized by his contemporaries. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterised by his muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective.
The arrangement of Christ and Saint John is a striking departure from most depictions of the Baptism, where the two men stand side by side. By elevating Saint John, Tintoretto quite appropriately humbles Christ, and the Baptist’s gesture of pouring water over Christ’s head appears both elegant and natural. Tintoretto makes brilliant use of contrasts in lighting by illuminating Christ’s body while John’s remains mostly in shadow. In this work, the ever-competitive Tintoretto emulated his greatest rivals in Venetian painting. The arms of both Christ and John enact the eloquent gestures of Veronese, while the hushed and reverential mood and caressing brushstrokes resemble the late work of Titian. The combination of muscular protagonists and humble piety, however, is Tintoretto’s alone.