1111Venice celebrates Tintoretto's 500th anniversary
Jacopo Tintoretto "returns" to Venice. Actually, he has never left it, because the city churches - like the Madonna dell'Orto where the great Renaissance artist rests in the apsidal chapel - or th monumental sites such as the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Palazzo Ducale itself, the Gallerie dell'Accademia host many of his masterpieces. However, it was since 1937 that Venice had not dedicated a large exhibition to him. A gap that will be filled next year with a grand event on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of the only intimately Venetian artist of the four great artists of the Venetian Renaissance because Giorgione, Tintoretto and Veronese came from the mainland. The double exhibition will open on 7th September 2018 (until 6th January 2019) at Palazzo Ducale and at the Gallerie dell' Accademia, before moving on to a single exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, which organizes the celebrative exhibition in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Gallerie dell'Accademia. At Palazzo Ducale there are the four mythological allegories (permanently exhibited) that Tintoretto painted for the Atrio Quadrato room in 1578, works that were afterward moved in 1816 to the next room, the Sala dell'Anticollegio. The paintings have now been restored and returned to their original chromatic brightness and will be part of the exhibition "Jacopo Tintoretto, Venetian painter 1519-1594" that will be hosted here from 7th September of next year. At the Gallerie dell'Accademia, instead, the "young Tintoretto" will be on stage, with reference, in particular, to the decade from 1538 to 1548: this segment pshines a light on one of the key works of the artist's youth - which is already hosted by the Venetian museum - "The miracle of the slave", with its extraordinary colours and chiaroscuro contrasts. As for the late period of the Venetian artist and the extraordinary chromatic and luministic evolution of his paintings, what better reference to his "Sistine Chapel", the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which is part of the initiative and will contribute to enlarge the exhibition to the entire city, rediscovering the masterpieces of Tintoretto scattered in churches, such as the monumental "Presentation to the temple" currently preserved in the Madonna dall'Orto church. This important upcoming exhibition also foresees the production of a film on Tintoretto - introduced by a great Hollywood actor - produced by the National Gallery for American public television which will also be visible to visitors at Palazzo Ducale and the Gallerie dell'Accademia while the exhibition is on.
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