Ambasciata d'Italia - Washington D.C., STATI UNITI D'AMERICA

03/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/19/2019 22:20

The genius of Tintoretto conquers the USA. Inauguration of the Venetian master's retrospective at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, March 19, 2019)

Washington, 19 March 2019 - The genius and creativity of Tintoretto conquer Washington thanks to the first retrospective of the Venetian master in the USA, officially inaugurated at the National Gallery of Art, one of the main American cultural institutions. Presenting the exhibition 'Tintoretto: Artist of Reinassance Venice' and the two related exhibitions 'Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice' from the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and 'Venetian Prints in the time of Tintoretto', were the new Director of the NGA, Kaywin Feldman, the Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, in Washington for the occasion, and the two curators, Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman. The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Gallerie dell'Accademia, will allow the American public and the many foreigners who visit Washington every year to admire a number of paintings by the great Venetian artist spanning his entire career, for the first time in display outside its hometown

A monumental work that further consolidates the very close cultural relations between the United States of America and Italy and that brings Italy and the City of Venice, its splendours and artistic treasures, ever closer to the American public. The genius and the innovative spirit of Tintoretto 'remind us - Ambassador Varricchio said -' how Italy and Venice, at the crossroads of cultures for many centuries, have always combined tradition and innovation, looking to the future without forgetting the past'. These concepts were also emphasized by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, who recalled the values ​​that bind Washington to the City of Venice. The set of works exhibited -as underlined by the NGA Diiector - confirm 'the dynamism and the skills of Tintoretto'.

The same evening, Ambassador Varricchio hosted a gala dinner at Villa Firenze to celebrate the success of the exhibition, in the presence of Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, the leadership of the NGA and of the Venetian institutions, including the Fondazione Musei Civici and the Gallerie dell'Accademia, who collaborated in the organization of the exhibition, the Ateneo Veneto and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, who leased some of the works on display, and Save Venice, an American institution that has supported the restoration and preservation of many works by Tintoretto.