David Bowie's Tin­toretto

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B.van Bene­den & N. Jen­nings (eds) Col­naghi Foun­da­tion Pub­lished: Fe­bru­ary 2018 Avail­able from the Col­naghi Gallery, Lon­don

In May 2017, the Ruben­shuis in An­twerp re­ceived on long-term loan from a pri­vate col­lec­tor: Ja­copo Tin­toretto’s An­gel Foretelling the Mar­tyr­dom of Saint Cather­ine

of Alexan­dria. The paint­ing had been bought at Sotheby’s in Lon­don from the sale of the es­tate of rock star David Bowie and this pub­li­ca­tion is all about this spe­cial paint­ing.

The paint­ing was orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned by mem­bers of the Scuola di Santa Ca­te­rina as an al­tar­piece for the church of San Gem­ini­ano in the Pi­azza San Marco in Venice, and was dis­played here for some 250 years. In 1807 Napoleon had the church de­stroyed to make way for a royal palace, and, af­ter a few years at the Gal­lerie dell’Ac­cademia, Tin­toretto’s paint­ing passed into pri­vate hands.

With con­tri­bu­tions from lead­ing schol­ars of Tin­toretto, this book presents new tech­ni­cal re­search on the paint­ing, re­con­structs its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion in San Gem­ini­ano, and re­veals the pro­found in­flu­ence Tin­toretto had on the de­vel­op­ment of Baroque paint­ing. A hand­some vol­ume that any art en­thu­si­ast should have on their book­shelf.

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