The prolific Renaissance painter Tintoretto was said by his Venetian contemporaries to have three brushes: “one of gold, the second of silver and the third of iron.” Meaning that he produced a huge quantity of art–some top-notch, some middling and some trash. He worked with intense speed, dynamism, and ambition, creating among other things what is believed to be the largest canvas every painted, his 29 x 74 foot “Paradise.” It makes think it would be fascinating to ask experts to sort his paintings into those three levels of quality, and justify their judgments; and then to see if even the “bad” ones, taken together, can teach us something of value about his times or the trends in art of which he was a part. I have the sense he was a great spirit, a strong consciousness, driven by a gift to express, express, express in color and textured brushstroke, not only what was “within” him but what was all around, and that he found a way to channel into paint.  He couldn’t necessarily hold back, as many artists do, in order to fine-tune, to deliberate, to carefully curate what he showed the world vs. what he concealed. For some people, the creative process moves slowly, with a gentle and hidden ripening; and for others it’s a headlong rush, one that can almost be too much.