Museo di Palazzo Palazzo Mocenigo

Mocenigo Palace

Venice during the age of Tintoretto.

The exhibition

September 6, 2018 > January 6, 2019
Venice, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo

Curated by Chiara Squarcina


The sixteenth century marked the indissoluble  link between the individual and fashion, between being and appearing. In a world where the essential was identified through its absolute and pre-eminent visibility, Venice experienced its maximum splendour, gathering and reflecting irreducible human expectations, both the most exalted and the most prosaic.

Which is why, on the occasion of the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, and coinciding with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia major exhibition dedicated to this extraordinary artist, to whom we owe one of the most important chapters in the history of Italian painting, Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo is proposing a plunge into the sixteenth-century universe of Venice, and more besides. With works of various kinds: prints, drawings, books and accessories related to fashion, all drawn from the heritage of the Foundation, we aim to present in the most effective way the source of inspiration for what Tintoretto expressed in his paintings, with a very personal and imaginative sensitivity that will give rise to a new material force.

The copies of the clothes worn by the characters portrayed by Tintoretto, on display in the museum’s halls, will help to reveal the historical and environmental context in which Tintoretto conceived his masterpieces, enabling visitors to fully understand atmospheres and implications, moods and meanings.

Thanks to the involvement of Stefano Nicolò and his students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, of the “Sartoria Poetica” – professional tailors who work inside the Academy da Ponte of Vittorio Veneto – and to some significant loans from the Collection of Elio Dal Cin, an expression of the great artistic craftsmanship of the time, it will be possible to relive this distant world in very suggestive settings.