Paris celebrates Tintoretto 500 years after its birth – Mondo

Mondo – Little is left of the important anniversary of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tintoretto (1519-1594). After Cologne, Paris also joins the rich cultural program that in the two-year period just begun will see the Venetian painter protagonist of great exhibitions from the Lagoon to the United States.

Opens its doors today at the Musée du Luxembourg Tintoret. Naissance d'un genie ( Tintoretto: The birth of a genius ), to tell the first 15 years of the artistic life of Jacopo Robusti, son of a silk dyer, but endowed with artistic talent and ambition from an early age, to the point of being in charge of his own shop when he was only 19 years old.
Result of the collaboration between Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne the Fondation Corboud and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais the exhibition project it ranges from religious painting to profane paintings, from complex and accurate projects to drawings and sketches, from portraits of the powerful to those of friends, highlighting the variety of interests and skills of an artist with multiple souls.
Among the Adoration of the Magi del Prado, painted at 20 years and absolutely the first work attributed to him with certainty, and The Princess, Saint George and Saint Louis on loan from the Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia, there are The Conversion of St. Paul of the National Gallery of Washington, Jupiter and Semele of the Galleria Estense of Modena and the very famous self-portrait of 1547, pride of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In the background, the Venice of the sixteenth century, an increasingly cosmopolitan city that imprints its mark on the young painter, to receive soon in exchange works bearing a new style, in which the use dramatic of perspective and light anticipates the glories of the Baroque. The audacious spirit of Tintoretto once again renews the art of the Serenissima, grafting on the bright local pictorial tradition the influences of other schools of the Peninsula, such as the Tuscan-Roman one of Michelangelo and Raphael.
Of him Giorgio Vasari wrote: " was extravagant, capricious, early and resolute. The most terrible brain I ever had painting ".

Tintoretto. The birth of a genius will be on schedule at the Musée du Luxembourg until 1 July. For those wishing to know more before flying to Paris, the curator Roland Krischel will talk about the artist and the exhibition project on March 15th in Venice, at the German Center for Venetian Studies at Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrace .

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