Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice / exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston






The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)



Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice
Exhibition : March 15 > August 16, 2009


Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese explores dramatic rivalry and artistic dialogue among Venice’s Renaissance Masters in Museum of Fine Art, Boston, collaboration with the Musée du Louvre.


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)


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Danaë, 1544–1546
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian (Venetian), about 1488 1576)
Oil on canvas
*Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
*Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali / Art Resources
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Amidst high drama and intense rivalry, the great triumvirat – Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese dominated the landscape of Venetian painting in the 16th century for almost four decades, propelling the Venetian School to new creative heights. This dynamic relationship has been recreated in Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice, the first major exhibition dedicated to the competition that developed among these renowned masters, which explores the emergence of the signature styles of Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, and the artistic exchange that existed among them. Juxtapositions of related works contribute new scholarship to the discussion of these artists and the influence they had upon one another. The exhibition also looks at the critical transformation of the art world in early 16th-century Venice that occurred with the introduction of oil paint on canvas support and the development of the canvas easel painting.

“Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese created a ‘Venetian style,’ inspired by the counterpoint that arose as one artist responded on canvas to another,” said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA. “Fueled by the constant vying for patronage, prestige, and financial rewards, theirs was a highly charged, personal relationship that resulted in some of the greatest paintings of the Italian Renaissance. It is a pleasure to collaborate with our colleagues at the Louvre to offer this exploration of the artistic dialogue that arose among these three Venetian masters.”

Fifty-seven notable works are featured in the exhibition, lent by major museums in Europe and the United States and, significantly, several churches in Venice. Fourteen paintings are coming from Italy, including those from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. These important loans reflect an ongoing cultural exchange between the MFA and Italy, which includes collaboration in the areas of exhibitions, scholarship, and conservation. An important nucleus of works has been provided by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. A number of paintings have been specially restored for this exhibition.


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)


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Flora, about 1516–1518
Titian
Oil on canvas
*Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
*Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali / Art Resource, NY
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)


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Saint George, Saint Louis, and the Princess, 1552
Jacopo Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) (Italian (Venetian), about 1518 1594)
Oil on canvas
*Accademia, Venice Italy
*Cameraphoto Arte, Venice / Art Resource
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese is curated by Frederick Ilchman, the Mrs. Russell W. Baker Assistant Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe, at the MFA; Jean Habert, Conservateur général au département des Peintures du Musée du Louvre; and Vincent Delieuvin, Conservateur au département des Peintures du Musée du Louvre.

The exhibition brings into view the colorful world of 16th-century Venice—one of Europe’s wealthiest, most cosmopolitan cities—a bustling center of international commerce with a flourishing art market, where the demand for exceptional paintings fostered a competitive climate and great innovation. The intersection of the period’s three great masters is explored in seven sections within the exhibition: The Transformation of Venetian Painting around 1500; The Three Protagonists; Sacred Themes; Below the Surface: Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto in the Boston Museum; Mythology and the Female Nude; Portraiture; and Late Styles.


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)


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Supper at Emmaus, 1533–1534
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian (Venetian), about 1488 1576)
Oil on canvas
*Louvre, Paris, France
*Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Catalogue

A catalogue produced by MFA Publications will accompany the exhibition. Titled . Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice, it will be approximately 300 pages and will include about 170 examples of works by the three masters and their contemporaries. The catalogue highlights the technical and aesthetic innovations that helped define the uniquely rich “Venetian style,” as well as the social, political, and economic context in which it flourished. Included are prefaces by Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Henri Loyrette, Director of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Essay topics range from examinations of seminal new techniques to crucial institutions, such as state commissions and the patronage system. Short essays examine the works in the exhibition in terms of the specific juxtapositions by theme or composition, highlighting the similarities and differences of the three artists. Most of all, by concentrating on the lives and careers of Venice’s three greatest painters, the volume paints an equally vibrant human portrait—one of great rivalry, one-upmanship, humor, and passion. Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice will be available in hardcover for $65 and softcover for $40 at the MFA Bookstore and Shop or at mfa.org/publications.





    This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Musée du Louvre.
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