For it marks the birthdays of three contributors to its hallowed timeline. Jacopo Robusti, better known as Tintoretto, that father of the Baroque and titan of the Venetian Renaissance known for his mastery of lighting and perspective turns 492. François Boucher, a most precocious and celebrated painter of the fête galante that defined the Rococo age in France turns 307. And our current outlet of art historical wonkery: psycho-savante Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, turns 438.
More to come on this momentous occasion tomorrow.