Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art

Jacopo Tintoretto, The Madonna of the Treasurers, 1567.Courtesy of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

March 10  July 7
Jacopo Tintoretto was born 500 years ago, but until now the master painter has never had a retrospective in North America. Better late than never, particularly when the final product involves a series of spectacular loans that have never been seen before in the U.S. The exhibition first appeared at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice as part of a citywide celebration of the artist’s birth. For its U.S. debut at the National Gallery the exhibition will be altered and expanded, with close to 50 paintings plus a dozen drawings. It will be further boosted by two component shows on view at the same time—one of Venetian prints and another of Venetian drawings.

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia with the special cooperation of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, have organized a major exhibition on the Venetian master. As the first retrospective of the artist in North America, the exhibition includes many significant international loans traveling to the U.S. for the first time. The exhibition features nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes.

The exhibition curators are Tintoretto experts Robert Echols, independent scholar, and Frederick Ilchman, chair of the Art of Europe department and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While Tintoretto was considered one of the “Big Three” 16th-century Venetian painters alongside Titian and Paolo Veronese during his lifetime and in the succeeding centuries, works by Tintoretto’s assistants and followers have frequently been misattributed to the master. Echols and Ilchman are widely responsible for a new and more accurate understanding of Tintoretto’s oeuvre and chronology, first explored in the Museo del Prado’s Tintoretto exhibition in 2007. A fully illustrated catalog accompanying the exhibition, published in English and Italian, includes a range of essays by the curators and other leading scholars as well as new research and scientific studies of Tintoretto’s work.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia with the special collaboration of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.
Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible in part by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Save Venice provided significant funding for conservation in support of the exhibition.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required.

Other venues: Palazzo Ducale, Venice, September 7, 2018–January 6, 2019