Thursday, July 12, 2018

Celebrating Tintoretto: Portrait Paintings and Studio Drawings

Exhibition Dates:October 16, 2018–October 1, 2020
Exhibition Location:
The Met Fifth Avenue
Celebrating Tintoretto: Portrait Paintings and Studio Drawings will focus on the small-scale, informal portraiture of Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto in celebration of the 500th anniversary of his birth.
Jacopo Tintoretto was one of the preeminent Venetian painters of the sixteenth century, renowned for his monumental narrative scenes and his insightful portraits of patricians and citizens. In celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of the artist's birth, this exhibition explores an innovative and little-studied aspect of Tintoretto's portraiture: small-scale, informal portrait heads characterized by immediacy, intense observation, and startling modernity. These works capture both the appearance and the spirit of the sitter, and are painted with the artist's famous prestezza, or quickness.

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The exhibition brings together for the first time approximately ten portrait studies from European and American museums and private collections, drawing them into a larger discussion of the artist's portraiture and approach to painting. The exhibition also highlights significant facets of artistic practice in the Tintoretto workshop, in particular the dynamic relationship between Jacopo and his son Domenico, through a series of figural drawings

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and a painting in The Met collection, The Finding of Moses.

Celebrating Tintoretto: Portrait Paintings and Studio Drawings is organized by Andrea Bayer, The Met's interim Deputy Director for Collections and Administration and Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings, and Alison Manges Nogueira, Associate Curator in The Robert Lehman Collection.