TINTORETTO IN VENICE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE

August 30th, 2018
Do you need a good reason to plan a trip to Venice in September?
You can experience the exciting atmosphere of  the International Movie Festival at the Lido di Venezia or focus on Renaissance painting, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.
The main local cultural authorities designed an array of exhibits, meetings, researches and restoration campaigns aimed at honouring  the genius of the Venetian painter. 
On September 6th will open “Art, Faith, Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice”, a perfect subject for a former mutual aid association which hosts the only Museum of Medicine in the city, and a precious library of medical history.
The exhibit consists of about 80 paintings by Jacopo Robusti, called the Tintoretto, and his most gifted son Domenico who completed the interior decoration of the building after his father’s death.
In addition to it, you will have the chance to explore the magnificent Sala dell’Albergo -meant for the board of the association- decorated with a whole cycle of paintings on the walls about St.Mark’s life and a unique 15th century original ceiling coffer.  The old library is one of the Scuola treasures.
It originated from the one of the annexed Dominican monastery of SS.John and Paul church, but after 1948 this private heritage was increased by the donation of private collections of precious codes and old books of medicine, which are now on display in a small room overlooking the canal. Moreover, you will access the Museum of Pathological Anatomy which shows the evolution of this subject in Venice in the last 200 years, with hundreds of 19th century medical devices. The nearby 17th century church of San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti will be open as well throughout the exhibit.
Two days later, on September 7th, the Gallerie dell’Accademia will display “Il giovane Tintoretto”, planned in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington which will host the same exhibit in March 2019.
It aims at explaining the early ten years of Tintoretto’s career through 60 paintings coming from the Louvre Museum, the Prado in Madrid, the Museum of Fine Art in Budapest, the Courtauld Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The show is structured in four different sections based on a comparison between Jacopo’s training and the artistic context of the early 16th century, in order to follow the development of his style from the beginning to his debut in the late 1540’s.
Significant works by local painters such as Tiziano, Pordenone, Bonifacio de’ Pitati, Paris Bordon, Jacopo Sansovino are on display together with the ones by Francesco Salviati, Giorgio Vasari, Andrea Schiavone, Lambert Sustris, and Bartolomeo Ammannati who worked in Venice and affected Tintoretto’s creativity.
On the same day the Fondazione Musei Civici of Venice will be proud to present “Tintoretto 1519-1594” in the Doge’s Palace private apartment, curated by Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, Save Venice Chairman.
This representative selection of 50 canvasses and 20 drawings points out the uniqueness and  originality of Tintoretto’s style from his debut until the end of his long career. He knew how to surpass and innovate the Venetian painting at the age of Titian, the undisputed master of the Renaissance Venice.
The canvasses showcased in the original rooms of the Doge’s apartment are grouped in a variety of subjects, from the profane to mythological themes, the portraits, the religious and historical topics which find an comparative relation with the  magnificent cycle of paintings and frescoes commissioned by the Government for the Doge’s Palace Council Chambers. 
Last but not least, in addition to these places you can discover some Tintoretto’s masterpieces preserved in churches or other buildings in Venice. Here are our suggestions about the major sites….
Scuola Grande di San Rocco Churches: San Rocco, Santa Maria della Salute, Madonna dell’Orto, San Marcuola, San Giorgio Maggiore, San Polo, San Cassiano, Santa Maria Mater Domini. 
Can you really wait longer? Something not to be missed! 
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