The Städel Museum is presenting a choice panorama of Renaissance painting in Venice. The artists of the “City of Water” developed an independent strain of the Renaissance relying on the impact of light and colour. The major survey features more than twenty works by Titian alone – the most extensive selection of his works ever before on display in Germany.
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 major special exhibition 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, Weltkunst
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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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
Cupid with Two Dogs, c. 1580
Oil on canvas, 100 x 134 cm
München, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek
Portrait of Clarice Strozzi, 1542
Oil on canvas, 121,7 x 104,6 cm
Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Gemäldegalerie
© bpk / Gemäldegalerie, SMB / Christoph Schmidt
Two Reposing Nymphs, (c. 1510–15)
Oil on poplar, 98,3 x 152,4 cm
Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK
Young Woman in a Blue Dress with Fan, c. 1512–14
Oil on poplar, 63,5 x 51 cm
Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie
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
The exhibition will be accompanied by an eponymous catalogue published by Prestel Verlag. This overview volume with high quality reproduced works of art and knowledgeable texts introduces the reader to the art of the Renaissance, one of the most important art epochs of the lagoon city. 272 pages, 49,90 EUR each (bookshop price).