Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at National Gallery of Art, March 24 – July 7, 2019

“In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), three institutions—the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia; and the Gallerie dell’Accademia—organized a major exhibition on the Venetian master. Following its term at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice (its only other venue), Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice is on view at the Gallery from March 24 through July 7, 2019. As the first retrospective of the artist in North America, the exhibition features nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career, ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes. Tintoretto has been considered one of the “Big Three” 16th-century Venetian painters, alongside Titian and Paolo Veronese, and works by Tintoretto’s assistants and followers have frequently been misattributed to the master. The exhibition curators, Tintoretto experts Robert Echols and Frederick 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.” — National Gallery of Art

Jacopo Tintoretto. Summer, c. 1546/1548. Oil on canvas, overall: 106 x 193 cm (41 5/8 x 76 in.), framed: 135.9 x 224.8 x 8.5 cm (53 1/2 x 88 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Creation of the Animals, 1550- by 1553. Oil on canvas, overall: 151 x 258 cm (59 1/2 x 101 5/8 in.), framed: 162 x 270 cm (63 3/4 x 106 5/16 in.). Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Madonna of the Treasurers, 1567. Oil on canvas, overall: 221 x 521 cm (87 x 205 1/8 in.). Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali / Art Resource, NY

Jacopo Tintoretto. Portrait of a Man with a Red Beard, c. 1550. Oil on canvas, overall: 105 x 82 cm (41 3/8 x 32 3/8 in.), framed: 123 x 101 cm (48 7/16 x 39 3/4 in.). Private Collection, London

Jacopo Tintoretto. Man with a Golden Chain, c. 1560. Oil on canvas, overall: 104 x 77 cm (40 7/8 x 30 1/4 in.), framed: 120 x 91.7 x 6.5 cm (47 1/4 x 36 1/8 x 2 9/16 in.). Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid © Museo Nacional del Prado

Jacopo Tintoretto. Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1553/1555. Oil on canvas,overall: 158.3 x 100.5 cm (62 5/16 x 39 9/16 in.), framed: 210 x 142.7 x 22.5 cm (82 11/16 x 56 3/16 x 8 7/8 in.). The National Gallery, London. Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831 © The National Gallery, London.

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Origin of the Milky Way, c. 1576/1578. Oil on canvas, overall: 149.4 x 168 cm (58 13/16 x 66 1/8 in.), framed: 179.3 x 197.3 x 11.5 cm (70 9/16 x 77 11/16 x 4 1/2 in.). The National Gallery, London. Bought, 1890 © The National Gallery, London.

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Wedding of Ariadne and Bacchus, 1578. Oil on canvas, overall: 143 x 166 cm (56 5/16 x 65 3/8 in.), framed: 155.5 x 177 cm (61 1/4 x 69 11/16 in.). Palazzo Ducale, Venice © Photo Archive – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Forge of Vulcan, 1578. Oil on canvas,overall: 145 x 155 cm (57 1/16 x 61 in.), framed: 155.5 x 166.5 cm (61 1/4 x 65 9/16 in.). Palazzo Ducale, Venice © Photo Archive – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Jacopo Tintoretto. The Virgin Mary Reading, c. 1582/1583. Oil on canvas, overall: 425 x 209 cm (167 3/8 x 82 3/8 in.). Scuola Grande Arciconfraternita di San Rocco, Venice

The exhibition curators are Tintoretto experts Robert Echols, independent scholar, and Frederick Ilchman, chair of the Art of Europe department and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Images courtesy National Gallery of Art.