Bean Distinguished Lecturer Frederick Ilchman to Discuss Tintoretto

April 3, 2018

By Chip Underhill

Frederick Ilchman, the Mrs. Russell W. Baker curator of Paintings and chair of Art of Europe at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will lecture on 16th-century artist Jacopo Tintoretto on April 25 at 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP).

This lecture is presented as part of the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center’s ongoing series, Conversations in Art, and is generously sponsored by the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Series.

“Jacopo Tintoretto: The Artist of Venice at 500” will focus on the Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594), exploring his major influence as one of the most renowned painters of the late Italian Renaissance.

This lecture is presented in anticipation of a major cross-continental exhibition on Tintoretto which Ilchman is organizing, celebrating the quincentenary of the artist’s birth. The exhibition, Tintoretto: The Artist of Venice at 500, will premiere at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice in September 2019, and travel to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in March 2019. The exhibition is co-curated by Ilchman and Robert Echols.

Tintoretto: The Artist of Venice at 500, will be the first retrospective of the artist in North America, and will feature paintings and works on paper spanning the artist's entire career, including portraits of Venetian aristocracy, religious and mythological narrative scenes, and works which give insight into the artist’s working methods.

The National Gallery of Art writes that “While Tintoretto was considered one of the ‘Big Three’ 16th-century Venetian painters alongside Titian and Paolo Veronese during his lifetime and in the succeeding centuries, works by Tintoretto's assistants and followers have frequently been misattributed to the master.”

“Echols and Ilchman are widely responsible for a new and more accurate understanding of Tintoretto's oeuvre and chronology, first explored in the Museo del Prado's Tintoretto exhibition in 2007. A fully illustrated exhibition catalog will be published in English and Italian and include a range of essays by the curators and other leading scholars as well as new research and scientific studies of Tintoretto's work.”  

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about public programs at the Chapel Art Center, please call (603) 641-7470 or visit the gallery website at

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