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Le Tintoret. Naissance d'un Génie

Musée du Luxembourg | Paris
€9 - €13
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Robusti, illustrious under the name of Tintoretto, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and the RMN - Grand Palais have joined forces to celebrate this painter, one of the most fascinating of the Venetian Renaissance. The exhibition focuses on the first fifteen years of his career. it thus puts the spotlight on his "youthful works", from the oldest preserved, The Adoration of the Mages of the Prado, realized when he was not even twenty years old, until important orders of the early 1550s that helped propel him to the forefront: The Original Sin for a Brotherhood (one of those "scuole" so famous in Venice) or The Princess, Saint George and Saint Louis for the seat of a Venetian administration, near the Rialto. If this phase of Tintoretto's life, which has given rise to much debate, is less well known, it is also a decisive period for understanding this painter.

The exhibition thus proposes to follow the beginnings of an ambitious young man, steeped in Venetian tradition but open to the many novelties coming from the rest of Italy, determined to renew the painting in a cosmopolitan Venice which then seeks to give the world a new image of itself. Religious painting or profane, ceiling decoration or small painting quickly executed, portrait of a prominent personality or close friend, drawing or sketch ... the collected works reflect the diversity of the work of Tintoretto and his desire to strike eye and mind.

The exhibition highlights the overflowing imagination, eclecticism but also the tests of a young artist in search of his identity. It finally retraces the social rise of a man of the people, son of a dyer, who, thanks to his talent manages to rise in society, to win and to make a name without forgetting anything of his own origins, Tintoretto literally meaning "the little dyer".

The exhibition is over since the 01/07/2018

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  • Name: Musée du Luxembourg
  • Address: 19 rue de Vaugirard - 75006 - Paris - France
  • Phone: (33) 01 40 13 62 00


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