The National Gallery of Art and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia - with the special cooperation of the Gallerie dell’Accademia - is exhibiting Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), thru July 7. The exhibition is the first retrospective of the artist in North America, and includes many significant international loans traveling to the U.S. for the first time. The exhibition features nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes. Image below:Artist Jacopo Tintoretto, Venetian - Portrait of a Venetian Senator - Painting dated c. 1570 - oil on canvas Credit Chester Dale Collection
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice, thru May 26.The exhibition is the first to focus specifically on Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman, and 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, to show his sources as well as his individuality. Tintoretto’s distinctive figure drawings include both preparatory drawings and a group of his studies after sculptures by Michelangelo and others. The exhibition also considers artists whose drawing styles were influenced by Tintoretto’s, particularly his son Domenico and Palma Giovane. A final section of the exhibition considers a group of drawings that has recently been proposed as the work of the young El Greco, dating from his time in Venice.
Image below: Dominico Tintoretto – Venetian, 1560-1635.“Venetian Ships Attacking Constantinople” 1598/1605.Wolfgang Ratien Collection, Purchased as the Gift of Alexandere M. and Judith W. Laughlin.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto, thru May 26.The exhibition presents some 40 prints from the second half of the 16th century, ranging from the exquisite etchings of Parmigianino and his immediate followers in the Veneto, to the spectacular woodcuts of Giuseppe Scolari, most from the Gallery’s own collection. They reveal a critical source for Tintoretto’s artistic formation, parallel developments toward a distinctively Venetian mannerism, and striking graphic responses to the dynamism and expressiveness of Tintoretto’s style.
Image below:Giuseppe Scolari - Venetian, active c. 1580 - active 1607 - Saint Jerome - 1590/1607 - woodcut print - Credit: Rosenwald Collectioni
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings, thru September 2.The contemporary American painter, printmaker, and sculptor “has created a complex body of work which weaves together visual influences ranging from the Renaissance to modernism with principles of rhythm and improvisation drawn from his study of African cultures and American jazz.”
The exhibition presents some 25 paintings created over the past 15 years, many of which are shown publicly for the first time. Born in St. Louis, Jackson taught at California State University, Sacramento, for many years and now lives and works in Oakland, California.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists, thru July 21. The exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819–1900), who was the most influential art critic of the Victorian era.
The Gallery is displaying more than 90 paintings, watercolors, and drawings created by American artists “who were profoundly influenced by Ruskin’s call for a revolutionary change in the practice of art.
The exhibition includes a number of recently-discovered works that have never before been exhibited publicly. Ruskin rejected traditional academic art and pleaded for works “that reflected a deep reverence for both the spiritual and scientific qualities of the natural world found.” The exhibition is curated by Linda S. Ferber, museum director emerita and senior art historian at the New-York Historical Society, with Nancy K. Anderson, curator and head of the department of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art.
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit The Life of Animals in Japanese Art, May 5-July 28.The exhibition will cover 16 centuries (from the sixth century to the present day) and a wide variety of media—sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textile, and the woodblock print. Some 315 works, drawn from Japanese and American public and private collections, will include seven that are designated as Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The exhibition is curated by Robert T. Singer, curator and department head, Japanese art, LACMA, and Masatomo Kawai, director, Chiba City Museum of Art, in consultation with a team of Japanese art historians.
Kaywin Feldman named Director of The National Gallery of Art
Kaywin Feldman was elected by the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art to be the director of the Gallery and took office in March, 2019. She succeeded Earl A. Powell III, who had served as director since 1992.
Kaywin Feldman was named the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) in 2008.She expanded the Mia's collection while also “opening the Institute’s doors to community dialogue, doubling attendance, and engaging with the defining social issues of our era.”