'Tintoretto 1519-1594' at the Doge's Palace

From September 7th 2018 to January 6th 2019 the Doge’s Palace welcomes a major Tintoretto exhibition: Venice celebrates one of its most illustrious sons, in the year of the 500th anniversary of his birth!

On this page you can find useful information to organize your visit to the exhibition, choose the ticket you prefer and buy it conveniently online!

The exhibition itinerary of the fascinating exhibition at the Doge’s Palace 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' unfolds through the precious rooms of the Doge's apartment and includes about seventy paintings and a rare collection of drawings, chosen to liaise with the works on display and best illustrate the creative path of the master towards artistic maturity.

Choose your ticket

Warning! You can visit the 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' at the Doge's Palace only purchasing one of the passes listed below

Ticket

Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594'
Full price 14.50
Reduced 12.50  

Ticket

Museums of Saint Mark’s Square + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594'
Full price 23.00
Reduced 17.50  

Ticket

Museum Pass + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594'
Full price 29.00
Reduced 23.50  

Important information

The exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' is not included in the standard tickets to access the Doge’s Palace, that are St Mark’s Square Museums and Museum Pass tickets. To access the exhibition, you need to purchase one of the special tickets listed below:

  • Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' – this only includes the visit to the exhibition, therefore access to the Doge’s Palace is limited to the rooms where the exhibition is housed. It does not grant admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace.
  • St Mark’s Square Museums + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' – this includes the visit to the exhibition, admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace and admission to the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library.
  • Museum Pass + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' – this includes the visit to the exhibition, admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace and admission to the permanent collections of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation, with the exclusions of the Clock Tower and Palazzo Fortuny. 

The voucher must be printed on paper (vouchers on mobile devices are not accepted)! The voucher is the only valid document, remember to print it and to bring it with you the day of the visit! You are required to present your voucher at the ticket office in order to convert it into the entrance ticket.

Venice Doge’s Palace exhibition 2018 on Tintoretto Opening Times

  • From 7 September to 31 October: from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (last access at 6.00 pm)
  • From 1 November to 6 January: from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (last access at 4.30 pm)

Description

'Tintoretto 1519-1594'

The Tintoretto exhibition at the Doge’s Palace in Venice is part of a large research project, to which numerous art historians have contributed, launched in 2015 by the Venice Civic Museums Foundation and the National Gallery of Art in Washington to celebrate 500 years since the birth of the Venetian painter.

Curated by Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, both members of the team that in 2007 curated the last major exhibition on the Venetian painter at the Prado, and with the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli, the Doge’s Palace exhibition on Tintoretto relies on an international scientific committee which includes some of the world's leading experts on the painter.

On the occasion of this great exhibition on Tintoretto, Doge’s Palace will be filled with exceptional loans from Italian, European and US museums... London, Paris, Gent, Lyon, Dresden, Otterlo, Prague, Rotterdam, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington will let the master's works return home for a short period, to be displayed to the general public in a complete and coherent way. Among the loans, five works from the Museo Prado of Madrid stand out - including Joseph and the wife of Putifarre (about 1555), Judith and Holofernes (1552-1555) and The Abduction of Helen (1578-1579) - the famous Susanna and the Elders of 1555-1556 from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and the Portrait of Giovanni Mocenigo (around 1580) from the Staatliche Museum in Berlin.

Listed among the greatest masters of European painting of the sixteenth century, Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto, is the artist who most of all left his unmistakable mark on Venice, where he was born and lived. Venetian Doges and Notables commissioned him to decorate churches and palaces of the entire historic center: recent studies on his work and numerous conservation interventions carried out in the last two decades have allowed for a more rigorous analysis of the paintings and their chronology... The exceptional expressive talent and knowledge of the vast historical iconographic repertoires make Tintoretto a timeless artist, very close to us.

For the 500th anniversary of his birth, Venice wants to celebrate this great artist and the testimonies that he left us with a long series of initiatives, including an exhibition at Gallerie dell'Accademia - which will cover the years of his youth success - and the one at the Doge’s Palace featuring the creative vitality of artistic maturity. In addition to these two large exhibition venues, other important Venetian institutions will also take part in the project with interesting initiatives, first of all the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Patriarchal Curia, with the countless churches in the historic center that preserve works by Tintoretto.

Added to this are the restorations implemented thanks to the support of Save Venice Inc. on the occasion of the 500th anniversary, which will allow the public to admire numerous paintings in Venice, such as some works of the Correr Museum and the extraordinary paintings of the Anticollegio, the Atrium Square and the Sala degli Inquisitori of the Doge’s Palace, in all their expressive power.

After 80 years from the only exhibition (1937) that Venice has ever dedicated to Tintoretto, the exhibition 2018 - 'subdivided' in the proposed route to the Accademia Galleries and Palazzo Ducale - will present a complete vision of his career starting from the first works, dating back to around 1540, until his last years, when Tintoretto became one of the most representative figures of Venetian painting.

A selection of the works on display at the Doge’s Palace and the Gallerie dell'Accademia will then merge into a major Tintoretto exhibition in Washington, at the National Gallery of Art - the first major overseas exhibition entirely dedicated to the great Venetian painter - open to the public from March 3rd to June 30th 2019.

Doge's Palace

Located in the monumental area of St Mark’s Square, the majestic Doge's Palace in Venice has been the heart of Venice throughout its fascinating life. The history of the Doge’s Palace in Venice probably begins in the IX century - with the transfer of the Doge’s headquarters in Venice - but it is only since the XIV century that the radical transformation began which lead to its current elegant appearance.

Over the centuries, the ancient foundations have been enriched with an extraordinary array of constructive and ornamental elements that have given rise to the unmistakable structure of the Ducal Palace in Venice that we all can admire today.

Once the centre of the political and administrative life of the Venice Republic from its birth to the inexorable decline, the Palace of the Doge, Venice keeps alive the immense power and splendour of the Serenissima.

Refined rooms, majestic staircases, monumental entrances, the Bridge of Sighs prison in Venice... the Doge’s Palace Venice history is a unique treasure, the result of a clever fusion of styles and architectural elements from different periods in perfect harmony which will leave you breathless. The Venice Doge’s Palace paintings boast the signature of the greatest artists of all time, such as Tintoretto, Veronese, Titian, Tiepolo and many others.

The entrance of the Doge’s Palace is the Gate of the Wheat - located in the oldest part of the building - that leads into the inner Doge’s Palace courtyard, Venice which is connected to the Doge apartments, Venice on the first floor via the Doge’s Palace Giant Staircase – an ancient monumental entrance - decorated with two  statues of Mars and Neptune, by Sansovino that symbolizes the power and dominion of Venice over the sea and the mainland.

On top of the Doge’s Palace Giant Staircase a series of lodges open up offering visitors beautiful views of the courtyard or part of the enchanting St Mark’s Square.

On the floor of the lodges one can also admire the Hall of the Casket, the Hall of the Militia from the Sea and part of the Institutional Hall of the Doge's Palace in Venice, sumptuous and refined interiors which served as background to the political and administrative life of the Republic, developed throughout the Palace of the Doges in Venice. From the floor of the lodges, the splendid Doge’s Palace Golden Staircase leads to the upper floors via two ramps that open out on to vestibules with large windows.

On the noble floor there is the Doge’s apartment and other rooms dedicated to the administration of justice connected by a veranda - Liagò – which was intended for nobles during the breaks in the sessions of the Great Council.

The most important room of the Doge’s Palace is the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in Venice. Its considerable size makes it one of the largest in Europe, the venue for meetings of the highest judiciary of the Republic of Venice. Some of the most important Doge’s Palace, Venice pictures are kept in this room, among which is the largest canvas in the world, produced by Tintoretto on the back wall. The second flight of the Golden Staircase leads to the second floor where the visit to the Palace of the Doge’s in Venice ends with the remaining part of the Institutional Rooms.

The visit to the Ducal Palace offers art, history and relics from ancient Venice and also includes:

  • The Opera Museum - once the office that was in charge of maintenance and operations in the Doge's Palace - which houses documents and artefacts of its activity, in addition to the capitals that originally adorned the facade of the Doge’s Palace;
  • The Armory, which houses weapons and ammunition from various sources.It is also important to mention the famous Bridge of Sighs, Venice built in the seventeenth century to join the Doge's Palace to the New Prisons.
    The Bridge of Sighs is covered and inside divided into two corridors connected to the staircase that led from the Wells up to the Leads. The name Bridge of Sighs, draws its origins from the last sigh 'of freedom' that the prisoner breathed before reaching the New Prisons in Venice.
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