Wednesday, March 13, 2019

An Old Master of Painting Was a Master of Marketing

By Ted Loos
Jacopo Tintoretto’s “The Madonna of the Treasurers” (1567) is among the works included in “Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice” at the National Gallery of Art. Image courtesy of Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice; Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali, Art Resource, N.Y
WASHINGTON — Imagine a business-minded artist on deadline, working in a studio with an army of assistants to produce huge works. He’s savvy about publicity and about developments in technology that make it easier for him to get his images out into the world. If that sounds like a superstar artist of today, maybe so. But it also describes Jacopo Tintoretto, the Venetian painter born 500 years ago who stormed the Western world with his emotionally resonant religious scenes, mythological canvases and revealing portraits. An exhibition here at the National Gallery of Art opening March 24, “Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice,” aims to clarify and deepen knowledge of his work with 46 paintings and 10 drawings. [More]
“Saint George and the Dragon” (about 1555) is suffused with holy, hopeful light streaming in from above. Collection of The National Gallery, London