Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594) is one of the outstanding Venetian artists of the XVI century, known for his monumental narrative scenes and insightful portraits of patricians and citizens. The exhibition explores the innovative and little-studied type of Tintoretto portrait: small, informal portrait heads, characterized by spontaneity, intensive observation and amazing modernity. These works capture both the look and the spirit of what is being painted, and are made using the famous prestezza method that Tintoretto developed.
The exhibition for the first time collected about ten portraits from European and American museums and private collections, attracting them to a wider discussion of the portrait of the artist and the approach to painting. The exhibition also shows significant aspects of artistic practice in the Tintoretto workshop, in particular the dynamic relationship between Jacopo and his son Domenico, in a series of figured drawings and paintings from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum “Finding Moses.”