In the spring of 2019, the Städel Museum will devote itself to one of the most momentous chapters in the history of European art: Venetian Renaissance painting.
In early sixteenth century Venice, Giorgione and the young Titian built on the work of their teacher Giovanni Bellini to develop a highly independent strain of the Renaissance emphasizing genuinely painterly means and the effect of light and colour. The new style was the talk of the town, and its exponents – first and foremost Titian, but also Sebastiano del Piombo, Lorenzo Lotto and others – were soon spreading the innovations outside the Serenissima as well. And in the 1540s, Jacopo Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese came on the scene: yet another new generation of highly talented artists competing for commissions in Venice.
The exhibition will be divided into sections introducing various characteristic aspects of Venetian cinquecento painting, in which timeless continuities played as important a role as the rapid development of certain pictorial themes.
Illustration: Titian, Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1510