Paolo Caliari, “Lucrecia,” 1580, oil on linen, 109.5 x 50.5 cm. Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna

Nearly 100 masterful works hailing from 16th-century Venice will embellish the walls of this Spanish museum through September. What’s the theme, and who are the principle players? Find out more here.

Madrid’s Museo Thyssen Bornemisza is currently exhibiting a significant selection of Renaissance artworks from Venetian masters this Summer. “The Triumph of Beauty and the Destruction of Painting” runs through September 24 and “sets out to show how the specific devices of Venetian painting, from the use of chiaroscuro and color as the bases for representing figures and space to a closer attention to nature than was advocated by the classical tradition, more idealistic in its conception, embodied a fully Renaissance idea of beauty that was on par with, and sometimes superior to, the art then being produced in Rome, Parma, and Florence,” the museum reports.

Titian, “The Penitent Mary Magdalen,” circa 1540-46, oil on linen, 125.6 x 94.7 cm. Private Collection
Giovanni Cariani, “The Musicians,” 1520, oil on linen, Fondazione Accademia Carrara
Giovanni Battista Moroni, “Titian’s Schoolmaster,” oil on linen, 98.8 x 74.3 cm. National Gallery, Washington
Paolo Caliari, “Saint John the Baptist Preaching,” 1562, oil on linen, 208 x 104 cm. Galleria Borghese

Among the major artists represented are Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Bassano, Giorgione, and Lorenzo Lotto. Continuing, the press release reads, “Curated by Fernando Checa Cremades, professor of Art History at the Universidad Complutense, the show examines this hub of art production, which is essential to understanding the history of painting, through a careful selection of the subjects depicted by the masters who earned it universal fame rather than from a chronological or stylistic approach. It features an outstanding group of paintings and a few sculptures, prints, and books from private collections and museums such as the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice, the Fondazione Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Galeria degli Uffizi in Florence, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the National Gallery in London.”

A full outline of the exhibition and its 10 sections can be found here. To learn more, visit the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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