Titian is not a painter, but a miracle!

This quotation by Sperone Speroni from the “Dialogo d’Amore” (1542) impressively describes the outstanding position of the painter Titian. The esteem that emerges from these words is reflected in the exhibition Titian and the Renaissance in Venice, which can be seen at the St├Ądel Museum in Frankfurt from 13 February to 26 May 2019.

The special exhibition with over 100 masterpieces is dedicated not only to Titian, but also to other important representatives of Venetian Renaissance painting. Among others, paintings and drawings by Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, Sebastiano del Piombo, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano and Paolo Veronese will be shown. In a series of eight chapters, the presentation of these masterpieces leads through selected thematic areas characteristic of 16th-century Venetian painting.

Giant woodcut of Venice

The exhibition tour opens with a giant woodcut of Venice (1498-1500, Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum) by Anton Kolb, based on a design by Jacopo de’ Barbari. Other themes include atmospherically charged landscapes and the representative male portraits of some noblemen and merchants. The exhibition is thematically structured in such a way that the imposing position of Venice at the time is presented directly to the viewer. The hanging of the works on the violet walls is thematically clearly structured and merges smoothly into each other.

Haunting works of Titian

The visitor walks through the haunting works of Titian, Bellini and Veronese through a round-arched architecture that brings one mentally to Venice. The combination of works from the Renaissance to the present with works by Thomas Struth, which can be seen at the end of the exhibition, has also been successful. A visit to the exhibition Titian and the Renaissance in Venice is an absolute highlight of this year that you should not miss.

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