Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice: An International Symposium

Image of Tintoretto drawings

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice, this symposium will feature presentations from an international group of experts. Papers will explore different practical and theoretical aspects of drawings by Tintoretto and his contemporaries in Renaissance Venice, including the role of life drawing and questions of naturalism, the use of underdrawing in Tintoretto’s paintings, and the influence of Tintoretto’s work on his contemporaries. 

Organized by the Morgan Drawing Institute.

Thursday, November 1, 10 am–5 pm

Session One

10 am–12 pm


John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator of Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum

Reflections on drawing from the life in Tintoretto's Venice

Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Portraying a Figure from Nature in Half an Hour: Tintoretto and the Portrait Study

Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration & Jayne Wrightsman Curator, European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Session Two

1:30–5 pm

From Painted Drawing to Finished Painting: Tintoretto’s Process

Joanna Dunn, Painting Conservator, National Gallery of Art

The Tintoretto drawings in the Uffizi: an Insight into the Workshop's Dynamics 

Giorgio Marini, Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali

Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto as Draftsmen: Some Debatable Works from circa 1580–1600

Michiaki Koshikawa, Professor, Department of Aesthetics and Art History, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

The other way around: Rome looking at Tintoretto's Venice
Marco Bolzoni, Associate Research Scholar, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University

Questions and Discussion

Thursday, November 1, 10 am–5 pm
$15; free for members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets include free admission for the day of the program.
To reserve member or student tickets please email [email protected]. 

Tintoretto, Study of a Man with Raised Arms, ca. 1562–66. Charcoal, heightened with white, on blue paper, squared for transfer, 350 × 241 mm. The British Museum, London; inv. 1913-3-31-189. ©The Trustees of the British Museum.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail [email protected] for information.