In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia with the special cooperation of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, organize a major exhibition on the Venetian master, for the first time in North America.
The first retrospective of the artist in North America named Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice will be organized at the National Gallery of Art di Washington, with many important international loans. The exhibition — after the success at Palazzo Ducale, in Venice — represents one of the major shows dedicated to Jacopo Tintoretto with the cooperation of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the special participation of the Gallerie dell'Accademia.
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 is curated by Russell W. Baker, Frederick Ilchman and Robert Echols. 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.
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.
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.