Special Exhibitions

Titian and the Renaissance in Venice

January 21 (Sat) – April 2 (Sun), 2017

Titian and the Renaissance Venice Poster
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Venice, City of Water, prospered dramatically through maritime trade and rose to power as a major world trade center with ties to other cultures. At this time, it entered a golden age of art. Paintings of diverse subjects were produced for spaces public and private, from churches and government buildings to the palaces of aristocrats, and a distinctive Venetian style of painting characterized by brilliant colors, free and vibrant brushwork, and the effects of softly diffused light was born. This exhibition will examine the characteristics and compelling allure of Venetian Renaissance art through paintings by Titian, the great master of the Venetian school, and other artists who built the golden age.

1. Titian, Great Master of the Venetian School

With his absolute technical mastery and unusual marketing acumen, Titian achieved popularity throughout Europe. This exhibition features seven works by Titian from all stages of his career.

2. First Ever Showing of Danaë in Japan

Titian’s Danaë depicts the sensual scene of Jupiter, changed into a shower of gold, seducing the beautiful young woman Danaë. On seeing this painting, Michelangelo praised Titian’s color and style. A masterpiece of mythological art—one of Titian’s greatest works—arriving in Japan for the first time.

3. Paintings Rich in Color

The Venetian masters, with their preference for bold, luminous colors and free-flowing brushstrokes, created “painterly” works close in spirit to modern paintings. Through the varied works of Venetian School painters, we invite you enjoy rich and sensual colors, bold handling of paint, and softly contoured forms bathed in light.



January 21 (Sat) – April 2 (Sun), 2017
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, March 21 (Open the Mondays of March 20, 27)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

Group tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
※Group rates - 20 or more people

※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
※In each case, please show identification

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Ambasciata d'Italia a Tokyo
Sponsored by
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Cooperation with
Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.


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