For the Venetians, Veronese was the Painter. I'm not Venetian and I chose another one (and I had a lot of options, there were more than the sailors in the port :)
His contemporaries both admired and criticized the speed with which he painted, and the unprecedented boldness of his brushwork. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso ("The Furious"). Tintoretto, born Jacopo Robusti, was an Italian painter identified with the Venetian school.
I've already introduced him in the Grand Masters series, but it's worth showing you another portrait of him, at an advanced age.
He was so dedicated to painting that he accepted, he even proposed, to paint 3 large paintings a year with no other remuneration than that for the materials used. And he did that for 25 years for Scuola di San Rocco. But he also painted for the Doge's Palace and for many, many others. Read more about his life and work and admire his paintings in the excellent Wikipedia article:
It's in French, the English version is much shorter and has fewer images, too bad.