'The young Tintoretto' at Gallerie dell'Accademia

A great exhibition analyzes how he became one of the greatest geniuses of the Venetian Renaissance

From 07 September 2018 to 06 January 2019

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Considered the most Venetian among the Renaissance artists, Tintoretto is the personality that has most marked Venice with his unmistakable style... Called by the highest offices of the Serenissima to decorate churches and palaces in the historic center, he was able to amaze, impress and influence whole generations of artists and art lovers, including many of his contemporaries such as El Greco, Rubens and Velasquez.

In 2018 Tintoretto will return to bewilder the public thanks to the celebrations organized in Venice on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his birth. Among the scheduled events, the Accademia Gallery exhibition on Tintoretto chronologically ‘anticipates’ the exhibition at the Doge’s Palace, which instead is dedicated to the artist’s maturity. From 10 March 2019 a selection of works from both exhibitions will be exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington for the first overseas exhibition entirely dedicated to the Venetian painter.

Open from 7 September 2018 to 6 January 2019, the Tintoretto exhibition at the Accademia in Venice focuses on the years in which the Venetian genius experimented and elaborated a pictorial style capable of renewing the entire code of lagoon painting... An exciting journey which will draw to the public's attention the experimentations that proved to be decisive for Tintoretto, without neglecting the particular historical context in which he lived and worked. Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the most important exhibition in Venice: book online your entry ticket for 'The Young Tintoretto' at the Gallerie dell'Accademia!

From 1538, the year which the artist’s first works have been dated back to in San Geremia, to 1548, when his first public work, the Miracle of the slave for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, received enormous success, Tintoretto goes through a period which is still highly discussed amongst scholars, since his activity cannot yet be defined by a specific workshop or a fully formed personality. Hence the need to also take into account the artistic and cultural context that characterized Venice from 1530s to 1540s, in order to clarify how the artist - also thanks to the suggestions received by Tiziano, Pordenone, Bonifacio de’ Pitati, Paris Bordon, Francesco Salviati, Giorgio Vasari and Jacopo Sansovino, all part of the exhibition with significant works - conceived and transformed his models to develop the dramatic and revolutionary style that made his painting unique.

About sixty works, 26 of which are truly exceptional, reconstruct the painter's first decade of activity within an exhibition itinerary divided into four sections that follow a chronological order. The exhibition was structured in order to enhance both the works of Tintoretto present in the permanent collection of the Gallerie dell'Accademia and extraordinary loans from all over the world: an interesting comparison is made between the paintings already visible in the Venetian museum, here displayed in an entirely new perspective, and those coming from international institutions such as the Louvre, the National Gallery of Washington, the Prado Museum, the Courtauld Gallery in London and the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, but also from other Italian venues like the Uffizi, the Galleria Borghese and the Milan Cathedral Fabbrica.

Among the masterpieces displayed for Tintoretto in 2018 at the Accademia Gallery in Venice it is worth pointing out in particular the Conversione di San Paolo from the National Gallery of Art in Washington and Apollo and Marsyas from Hartford, on display in Italy for the first time, Christ among the Doctors from the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo in Milan, the ceilings from Palazzo Pisani in Venice, now kept at the Estensi Galleries in Modena, and the Dinner in Emmaus from Budapest. To provide a historical frame, the exhibition ‘The Young Tintoretto’ also presents paintings and sculptures by artists who worked in the same environment, including Andrea Schiavone, Giuseppe Porta Salviati, Lambert Sustris and Bartolomeo Ammannati.

The Tintoretto exhibition in 2018 at the Accademia Galleries in Venice is curated by Roberta Battaglia, Paola Marini, Vittoria Romani and accompanied by an important volume published by Marsilio Electa, with essays by Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, Vittoria Romani, Roberta Battaglia, Paola Marini, Paolo Procaccioli and Luciano Pezzolo.


'The young Tintoretto'

Gallerie dell’Accademia

Campo della Carità, Venice

Opening times

  • Monday from 8.15 am to 2.00 pm (ticket office closes at 1.00 pm)
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 am to 7.15 pm (ticket office closes at 6.15 pm)
  • closures: December 25th and January 1st

Tickets (tickets include access to the exhibition and to the Gallerie dell'Accademia)

  • Full price: €15.00
  • Special 'Tintoretto500': €12.00 (for holders of the 'Tintoretto 1519 - 1594' ticket at Doge’s Palace)
  • Reduced: €7.50 (EU citizens aged 18 to 25 with ID)
  • Free – full-time teachers not accompanying groups of students; under 18s; EU students and university teachers of the faculties of architecture, cultural heritage, education sciences, enrolled in degree courses in literature or literary subjects with an archaeological, historical-artistic orientation of the faculties of literature and philosophy, enrolled in the Academies of Fine Arts; volunteer association operators working in the promotion and dissemination of knowledge of cultural heritage; employees of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; ICOM members (International Council of Museums); EU citizens with impaired mobility accompanied by 1 family member or 1 assistant; journalists with a card; EU tour guides exercising their profession; licensed tourism interpreters when accompanying a guide.
By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 07 September 2018 to 06 January 2019

Event location: Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

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