July 17, 2024

Jacopo Tintoretto, Summer, Italian, 1518 - 1594, c. 1555, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Jacopo Tintoretto (c. 1519–1594) was a formidable competitor during his lifetime to the Venetian painters Titian and Veronese, yet he slipped into secondary status in the ensuing centuries. Now, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of his birth, a landmark exhibition on view from March 24 through July 7, 2019, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, reasserts his place as one of the greatest Italian painters of the 16th century. The first full-scale retrospective of the artist in America, Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice presents a complete overview of his work, thanks to many significant loans traveling to the U.S. for the first time.

The Gallery’s presentation comprises 46 paintings and ten drawings. The majority of the paintings are immense, stretching nine, ten, or even 16 feet in the case of Paradiso(modello) (c. 1583, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza). Other highlights of the exhibition are a gallery devoted to portraits, revealing that Tintoretto was one of the great portraitists of his day; a substantial group of works on loan from the Gallerie dell’Accademia and Palazzo Ducale; and a film with breathtaking views of the artist’s paintings in their Venetian settings. Among the loans leaving Italy for the first time are four that have undergone major conservation projects recently, sponsored by the American nonprofit, Save Venice. One of those, Saint Martial in Glory with Saint Peter and Saint Paul (1549, Church of San Marziale)is installed outside the exhibition in the West Building’s Lobby B.


For more information visit the National Gallery of Art web site.