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. To tie in with the anniversary the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia organized the exhibition TINTORETTO 1519-1594 closed on 6 January 2019 at Palazzo Ducale – Doge’s Apartments.
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.
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: Artist of Renaissance Venice” exhibition in Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, 10 March/7 July 2019
The Crucifixion, 1568, 341 × 371 cm Descent into Limbo, 1568, 342 × 373 cm The Resurrection of Christ with Saints Cassiano and Cecilia, 1565, 450 × 225 cm Daily, 9 a.m. - 12 noon; 3 - 6 p.m. Opening times to be confirmed.
Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo Exhibition: Venice during the Age of Tintoretto from 7 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 Tue.- Sun. from 1 November to 31 March, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; from 1 April to 31 October, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.(ticket office closes 30 min. before). www.mocenigo.visitmuve.it
The Gallerie dell’Accademia, established during the Napoleonic era (1807) for the purpose of creating an educational collection for the training of young artists, offer an extraordinary compendium of Venetian and Veneto art, from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. The works in this great museum come partly from the religious congregations and the Venetian magistrature (public offices) suppressed during the Napoleonic domination, and partly from a number of bequests and donations. There are also many and important works by Tintoretto in the Gallerie, which originally came from confraternities (Scuole), churches and various magistrature. There are about twenty works of the highest quality, covering a wide time span in the artist’s production, from the astonishing The Miracle of the Slave of 1548, painted for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, which brought Jacopo to the attention of the city, to pictures dating to the end of the 1570s. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary, the exhibition organised here, The Young Tintoretto, is dedicated to the masterpieces of the artist’s first decade of activity, and to the artistic and cultural context in which the artist began his career; it presents works both the Gallerie dell’Accademia’s own collections and important loans. Six other works from the Gallerie are on display at the Washington◄ exhibition. After the exhibition, the set of Tintoretto paintings will find a new location on the first floor of the museum, within the context of the refurbishment currently under way to create the “Grandi Gallerie”. Mon., 8.15 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tues.-Sun., 8.15 a.m. - 7.15 p.m. (ticket office closes one hour before). Closed 1 January, 25 December. www.gallerieaccademia.it