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

A major exhibition on the works of Tintoretto’s artistic maturity

From 07 September 2018 to 06 January 2019

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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!

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... Do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most important exhibition in Venice in 2018: book now online your entry ticket for Tintoretto's exhibition at the Doge's Palace!

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.

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.

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.


Venice Doge’s Palace exhibition 2018 on Tintoretto Opening Times

From April 1st to October 31st: from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (last access at 6.00 pm)

From November 1st to March 31st: from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (last access at 4.30 pm)

By Insidecom Editorial Staff