Tintoretto paintings make debut exhibit in Rome's Scuderie del Quirinale

March 13, 2012. For the first time in history, the work of the Venetian artist Tintoretto is on display in the Italian capital. For this special exhibition, paintings were brought in from the Victoria & Albert Museum of London, the Louvre of Paris, and others were lent from churches and museums throughout Italy.

The exhibit focuses on the three main themes of Tintoretto's work: mythology, portraits, and religion.

Melania G. Mazzucco
Art Historian

“This is an opportunity to learn about pieces of work that for centuries were inside churches. For example, there are two paintings of 'The Last Supper' that come from a church and were painted by Tintoretto.”

The two paintings of The Last Supper are set side by side to show how Tintoretto developed as an artist over the five year difference.

Other pieces include his Creation of the Animals, which was painted in the mid 16th century. There's also the painting of Jesus among the doctors, when a young Jesus impressed the elders in the temple with his knowledge at such a young age.

Tintoretto is one of the main 16th century Italian artists, yet there haven't been many exhibitions of his work because of the difficulty of transporting many of his huge canvases.

Those who helped create this exhibit hope it will inspire visitors to learn more about this Italian painter.

Melania G. Mazzucco
Art Historian

“Sometimes the exhibits are also an opportunity for a visitor to enter a fascination, to learn about a painter, and I sincerely hope that a visitor to this exhibit would then have the desire to go to the museum of Scuola Grande di San Rocco.”

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is the home museum of Tintoretto and is located in Venice.

This exhibit is being held in Rome's famous Quirinale Museum and is currently showcasing 40 paintings by Tintoretto until June 10 of 2012.

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