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Venice in the 16th century: The artists of the “City of Water”, develop a highly independent strain of the Renaissance. They emphasize genuinely painterly means and the effect of light and colour. The Städel Museum will unite more than a hundred masterworks, including more than twenty by Titian alone, in a multifaceted panorama of Renaissance painting in Venice.


About the exhibition

The Städel Museum will devote a major special exhibition to one of the most momentous chapters in the history of European art: Venetian painting of the Renaissance. Entitled “Titian and the Renaissance in Venice”, the show unites more than a hundred masterpieces – In the early sixteenth century, artists of the “City of Water” developed an independent strain of the Renaissance relying on purely painterly means and the impact of light and colour. One of their most important exponents was Titian (ca. 1488/90–1576), who would hold the key position in the Venetian art scene all his life.

The Frankfurt show assembles more than twenty examples by Titian alone – and thus the most extensive selection of his works ever before on display in Germany. It will also present paintings and drawings by Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1435–1516), Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (1479/80–1528), Sebastiano del Piombo (ca. 1485–1547), Lorenzo Lotto (ca. 1480–1556/57), Jacopo Tintoretto (ca. 1518/19–1594), Jacopo Bassano (ca. 1510–1592), Paolo Veronese (1528–1588) and others. These works will offer comprehensive insights into the artistic and thematic breadth of the Renaissance in Venice and elucidate why artists of later centuries looked back to the art of this time and place again and again for orientation.

The exhibition introduces selected aspects of Venetian cinquecento painting in eight sections: for example its atmospherically charged landscape depictions, its ideal likenesses of beautiful women (the so-called “belle donne”), or the importance of colour. The thematically oriented chapters will together form a systematic panorama of the extensive material. Apart from the Venetian holdings in the Städel collection – including, Titian’s “Portrait of a Young Man” (ca. 1510) – the show brings together superb loans from more than sixty museums in Germany and abroad.

Picture: Titian, Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1510, Städel Museum, Frankfurt

With support from Dagmar-Westberg-Stiftung, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain gGmbH
With additional support from Fazit Stiftung
Media partner Süddeutsche Zeitung
Cultural partner hr2-kultur

Social Media The Städel Museum is communicating the exhibition in the social media with the hashtags #tizian, #renaissance, #venedig and #staedel.

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    Sebastiano del Piombo, Woman in Blue with Incense Burner (c. 1510/11)

    Sebastiano del Piombo (1485–1547)

    Woman in Blue with Incense Burner, c. 1510/11
    Oil on panel transferred to hardboard, 54,7 x 47,5 cm
    Washington, National Gallery of Art
    © Samuel H. Kress Collection

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    Paolo Veronese, Cupid with Two Dogs (c. 1580)

    Paolo Veronese (1528–1588)

    Cupid with Two Dogs, c. 1580
    Oil on canvas, 100 x 134 cm
    München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek
    ©bpk|Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

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    Titian, Portrait of Clarice Strozzi (1542)

    Tizian (c. 1488/90–1576)

    Portrait of Clarice Strozzi, 1542
    Oil on canvas, 121,7 x 104,6 cm
    Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Gemäldegalerie
    © bpk / Gemäldegalerie, SMB / Christoph Schmidt

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    Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Two Reposing Nymphs (c. 1510–15)

    Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (1479/80–1528)

    Two Reposing Nymphs, (c. 1510–15)
    Oil on poplar, 98,3 x 152,4 cm
    Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main
    © Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK

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    Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Young Woman in a Blue Dress with Fan (c. 1512–14)

    Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (1479/80–1528)

    Young Woman in a Blue Dress with Fan, c. 1512–14
    Oil on poplar, 63,5 x 51 cm
    Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie
    © KHM-Museumsverband

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    Titian, Madonna and Child, St Catherine and a Shepherd (the “Madonna of the Rabbit”) (c. 1530)

    Titian (c. 1488/90–1576)

    Madonna and Child, St Catherine and a Shepherd (the “Madonna of the Rabbit”), c. 1530
    Oil on canvas, 71 x 87 cm
    Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures
    ©bpk / RMN - Grand Palais / Michèle Bellot

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