Curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
February – June 2012
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto, was the only one of the great interpreters of 16th century Italian painting on whom a significant solo exhibition had yet to be held in Italy – the last was in 1937 – partly because of the difficulty of moving the large Venetian paintings that are fundamental works in his production.
The 40 paintings that made up the exhibition came from major national and international collections, primarily the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia, which exceptionally allowed the loan of five important masterpieces thanks to the support and cooperation of Venetian Heritage. The exhibition was part of a broad programme of reassessement of the artists who made the artistic history of our country unique and grandiose.
The exhibition was divided into three main themes of Tintoretto’s painting: religious, mythological and portraiture, celebrated at the beginning and end with two self-portraits, one from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the other from the Louvre in Paris.