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Conference Tintoretto at 500: from Venice to Washington at the Embassy of Italy on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Venetian artist

Date:

03/22/2019


Conference Tintoretto at 500: from Venice to Washington at the Embassy of Italy on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Venetian artist

Washington DC, March 22, 2019 - Yesterday, at the presence of the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio, the Embassy of Italy organized the conference Tintoretto at 500: from Venice to Washington to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Italian artist’s birth. The symposium crowned the week devoted to Tintoretto in the American capital, characterized by three exhibitions dedicated by the National Gallery of Art to the Venetian artist: Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice, Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice, and Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto, that will open to the public from Sunday March 24 until July 7, 2019.

The participation in the conference of guests from the major Venetian museum institutions and of the two curators of the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, shed new light on the work of Tintoretto, an artist described as "terrible" by his contemporary Vasari for the energy and dynamism impressed in his paintings, and allowed for a deeper understanding of the impact that the pictorial genius of Tintoretto had on the artists of his time up to contemporary art.

The speakers were: Frederick Ilchman and Robert Echols, Curators of the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art; Paola Marini, former Director of the Gallerie dell’Accademia; Gianpaolo Scarante, President of the Ateneo Veneto; Camillo Tonini, Curator of the Artistic Collection of the Ateneo Veneto; Demetrio Sonaglioni, Deputy Director of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco; Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel, Professor of History of Venetian Art at the Wake Forest University in Venice; Leslie Contarini, Venice Program Director at Save Venice; and Gabriella Belli, Director of the Musei Civici di Venezia.

“It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for us that such a superb cultural initiative is the result of the joint efforts of one of the most important US cultural institutions and many major Italian museums”, said Ambassador Varricchio, concluding his opening speech with a special thanks to the National Gallery of Art.

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