From March 10th, the National Gallery of Art welcomes the exhibition that can be seen until January 6 in Venice and celebrates the 500 years of Tintoretto.
Son of a Venetian dyer, Tintoretto, considered the last great painter of the Renaissance, was born and made a career in Venice. Local churches and palaces work as a permanent retrospective of the city's formidable talent, expert in dramatically using colors, painting in broad brush strokes, and boldly innovating from the perspective of his often enormous canvases.
Despite this - and therefore - curators faced challenges in setting up this year's exhibition in honor of the 500th anniversary of the painter's birth.
Some canvas, so large, could not be included in the main show, in the Palazzo Ducale, the Doge's Palace, because they did not pass through the narrow stone pillars of the 16th century building. And also several Venetian churches, in which the painter did most of his major works, refused to lend the pieces - although they are equally anxious for visitors to the Tintoretto tour to visit their pieces, not just those of the monumental show, which since its inauguration in September has attracted more than 100 thousand visitors.
After the closing of the retrospective in Venice on January 6, the show travels to the National Gallery of Art in Washington for a four-month stay, starting on March 10th. It will be the first Tintoretto retrospective in history to be held outside of Europe.
When Venice last hosted a retrospective of Tintoretto in 1937, church screens were cut from the frames, rolled up and taken to display. This method would horrify the world of art today, especially after several works by Tintoretto were recently restored thanks to the Save Venice organization.
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