From Titian to Rubens: Flemish masterpieces at the Doge’s Palace

From Titian to Rubens: Flemish masterpieces at the Doge’s Palace

From 05 September 2019 to 01 March 2020

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From 5 September 2019 to 1 March 1 2020, the Doge’s Palace in Venice will open its doors to the new exhibition ‘From Titian to Rubens. Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish collections', organized by the Venice Civic Museums Foundation, in conjunction with the city of Antwerp, VisitFlanders and the Flemish Community, and curated by Ben Van Beneden, director of the Rubenshuis in Antwerp.

The splendid Doge’s rooms will be transformed into sumptuous ‘constkamers’ thanks to the wonderful works belonging to the Flemish collections, made by such artists as Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Michiel Sweerts.

Most of the loans come from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the House of Rubens also in Antwerp. Additional works are on loan from the National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Musée National d'Histoire de l'Art in Luxembourg... in short, the most beautiful Flemish artworks will be shown in public in one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Italy where art, beauty and history are present!

The exhibition ‘From Titian to Rubens’ in Venice contains ten thematic sections with a display of about 80 paintings, drawings, glass and statues from both Venice and Antwerp, made à la façon de Venise and belonging to both public and private collections. It is worth mentioning that some of the masterpieces on display are rarely lent, while others will be shown in public for the first time to coincide with the Doge’s Palace exhibition in 2019 in Venice.


However, what will delight Venetians and art lovers is the incredible return home of three icons, masterpieces of Venetian painting: 'Jacopo Pesaro presenting Saint Peter to Pope Alexander VI' by great Titian, the altarpiece of San Geminiano Church, described by the international press as 'David Bowie’s Tintoretto' and the enigmatic 'Portrait of a noblewoman with daughter' who will surely capture your attention. In fact, this third painting, after the restoration work carried out in 2003, has been finally returned to its original state: the removal process of the later overpainting, has brought to light the images of Titian’s mistress and their daughter Emilia. Just imagine that this wonderful portray returns to Venice for the first time in five hundred years!

A particular strikingly original painting among the Flemish works on display at the ‘From Titian to Rubens’ Doge’s Palace exhibition in Venice, is a work by Michaelina Wautier, a Belgian painter with exceptional talent, born in Mons, and of whom very little is unfortunately known. However, the difference between her and her colleagues is immediate due to the variety of subjects represented: mythological and everyday life scenes, views, still lifes and portraits of various kinds.

The exhibition ‘From Titian to Rubens’ in Venice will also present six exceptional paintings and sketches by Rubens such as ‘Portrait of a young woman’ on loan from a private collection; the work ‘Lamentation over the Dead Christ’ by Anthony van Dyck and a study for the head of a man with a beard by Maerten de Vos.


But visual art will not be the only feature of this exceptional exhibition; music will also take center stage thanks to a section dedicated to the famous Flemish composer Adrian Willaert, known as Chapel Master of St Mark’s Basilica and founder of the acclaimed Venetian School attended, among others, by world-known musicians Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi.

‘From Titian to Rubens. Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish collections’ – Doge’s Palace, Venice: from 5 September 2019 to 1 March 2020 Flemish art comes to the lagoon city for a truly unique and must-see exhibition! Buy your online entry ticket to the Doge’s Palace with admission to the exhibition ‘From Titian to Rubens’ included in the price!



Everyday 8.30am - 7.00pm (last admission 6.30pm)


By Insidecom Editorial Staff