Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

24 March–9 June 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Tintoretto(?) and Workshop, Study of Michelangelo's Samson and the Philistines (recto and verso), c. 1560–1570. Charcoal and black chalk with white opaque watercolor on blue paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Thaw Collection.

The first exhibition to focus specifically on Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman, Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice provides new ideas about his evolution as a draftsman, about the dating and function of the so-called sculpture drawings, and about Tintoretto’s place in the Venetian tradition.

The exhibition begins with drawings by Tintoretto’s predecessors and contemporaries, including Titian, Veronese, and Jacopo Bassano, to show his sources as well as his individuality. Tintoretto’s distinctive figure drawings are the heart of the show, which includes both preparatory drawings and a group of his studies after sculptures by Michelangelo and others that document the teaching practice in Tintoretto’s workshop. The exhibition also considers artists whose drawing styles were influenced by Tintoretto’s, particularly his son Domenico Tintoretto and Palma Giovane. A final section of the exhibition considers an interesting group of drawings—connected with Tintoretto and his followers—that has recently been proposed as the work of the young El Greco, dating from his time in Venice.

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