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Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice
March 24 – June 9, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor

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.

An accompanying catalog is written by John Marciari, the Charles W. Engelhard Curator and head of the department of drawings and prints at the Morgan Library & Museum. The exhibition is coordinated in Washington by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art.

Organization: Organized by the Morgan Library & Museum in association with the National Gallery of Art

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019

About the Artist

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Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
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Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto
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Related Artists

Titian
Italian
, 1490 - 1576
Veronese
Italian
, 1528 - 1588
Bassano, Jacopo
Italian
, 1510 - 1592
Michelangelo
Italian
, 1475 - 1564
Tintoretto, Domenico
Italian
, 1560 - 1635
Palma il Giovane, Jacopo
Italian
, 1548 - 1628
El Greco
Greek
, 1541 - 1614

Audio and Video

Press Event: Tintoretto 500
Video, Released: March 19, 2019, (28:38 minutes)
Press Event: Tintoretto 500
Audio, Released: March 19, 2019, (95:25 minutes)
Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Video, Released: February 26, 2019, (18:44 minutes)
Tintoretto: Legends of Saint Mark, Scuola Grande di San Marco
Video, Released: February 26, 2019, (7:18 minutes)