David Bowie's Tintoretto
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.