The celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti, Venice, c.1519/1594) involve the entire city of Venice and even travel overseas, thanks to a shared organisation between the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, with the collaboration of the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the participation of the most important Venetian cultural institutions.
During his long and prolific career, Tintoretto worked above all in the city: he received countless commissions, often obtained through stubborn determination, from churches and confraternities small and large, from the Republic and from the nobility. Today in Venice, it is still possible to admire many of these works, often in the places for which they were conceived. This fact is of fundamental importance given the particular attention shown by the artist to the relationship of the picture with the context in which it was to be placed. Thanks to all this, the city itself offers an extraordinary and widespread “permanent exhibition” of Tintoretto’s oeuvre.
This map – in the form of a sheet or a digital app – enables you to seek out these sites, some of which very famous and others not so well-known. Some are cultural institutions, others places of worship, and the map also offers some unusual itineraries off the beaten track in areas of the city that are quieter and extremely fascinating.
Thanks to the collaboration of the Patriarchate of Venice and local associations, some churches offer – in addition to the normal opening hours – a reception/tour service for visitors on Fridays and Saturdays. Free admission is also granted to churches that normally require charge entry to all ticket holders of the Palazzo Ducale and the Gallerie dell’Accademia exhibitions.
The sites are grouped by sestiere; for each location, the opening hours are specified (but in the case of the churches these may vary) together with the works by Tintoretto to be found there. These are all oils on canvas, unless otherwise indicated. For major sites (Scuola Grande and Church of San Rocco, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Palazzo Ducale, Church of Madonna dell’Orto), there is a brief description rather than a list of the numerous paintings.
Pictures that are temporarily not visible in their usual sites because on loan to the Venice or Washington exhibitions between September 2018 and July 2019 are indicated as follows:
▼ on loan at the “Tintoretto 1519/1594” exhibition in Venice, Palazzo Ducale, Doge’s Apartment, 7 September 2018/6 January 2019
■ on loan at the “The Young Tintoretto” exhibition in Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia, 7 September 2018/6 January 2019
◄ on loan at the “Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice” exhibition in Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, 10 March/7 July 2019
Saint Martial in Glory with Saints Peter and Paul,1549, 376 × 181 cm ▼◄ visits by appointment; send e-mail to madonnadell’firstname.lastname@example.org Pictures that are temporarily not visible in their usual sites because on loan to the Venice or Washington exhibitions between September 2018 and July 2019 are indicated as follows: ▼ on loan at the “Tintoretto 1519/1594” exhibition in Venice, Palazzo Ducale, Doge’s Apartment, 7 September 2018/6 January 2019 ◄ on loan at the “Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice” exhibition in Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, 10 March/7 July 2019
Portrait of the Procurator Nicolò Priuli, 1547–49, 125 × 105 cm Mon. 8.15 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 8.15 a.m. - 7.15 p.m.; Sun. and holidays 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (the ticket office closes 30 minutes before). Closed 1 January, 25 December, 1 May www.polomusealeveneto.beniculturali.it
The Madonna dell’Orto is the church to which Jacopo felt particularly attached. Indeed, it is here that he is buried along with his children Marietta and Domenico, and the pictures painted by him to be found within (about ten in all) are milestones in his artistic career. They were painted mostrly in the decade from 1550 to 1560 and range from the daring composition of the Presentation of the Virgin (1556) to the complex, almost “impossible” spaces of the Last Judgement and Making of the Golden Calf (1559/60). But the Madonna dell’Orto is also one of the jewels of the most authentic Venice least touched by tourism. Near the church, in fondamenta dei Mori, one can still see the gothic building in which Tintoretto lived (marked by a plaque). weekdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. and holidays 12 noon - 5 p.m.. Last admission 4.45 p.m.
Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins, c. 1575-80, 330 × 178 cm Mondays and Fridays, 12 noon - 4 p.m.. Scuola Grande di San Marco Exhibition: Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice from 7 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 Tues.-Sat. and first Sunday of the month, 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. www.scuolagrandesanmarco.it