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Tintoretto - Pombo, Maternity and Passion

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10 May 2019 - 5 October 2019
The Spanish painter revisits the Marian cycle of the Master of the Venetian Renaissance: a universal tribute to the maternal figure and condition of women in the world.
After the success of the opening exhibition "Passion and Justice", which ended last January, Jorge R. Pombo continues the dialogue with Tintoretto's paintings at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice. The Spanish painter, this time, chose to revisit seven masterpieces of the Master of the Venetian Renaissance which depict as many paradigmatic moments of the earthly life of the Virgin Mary: Annunciation, Flight into Egypt, Massacre of the Innocents, Mary in meditation, Maria Egiziaca, Crucifixion and Assumption.
A universal tribute to femininity, to the woman as a mother, creature and creator, who finds her archetype in the figure of the Madonna.

This second cycle of "variations", entitled "Tintoretto - Pombo, Maternity and Passion", is prorogued until the 5th of October 2019.
The paintings - which measure 2.2 x 3.3 m. - they will be placed next to Tintoretto's originals in the Sala terrena of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, creating an ideal dialogue with a remarkable visual and emotional impact between Renaissance painting and contemporary interpretation, and highlighting the timeless strength of the works of the Master.

The exhibition "Tintoretto - Pombo, Maternità e Passione" is curated by Sandro Orlandi Stagl with Frederick Ilchman and text by Gabriella Belli. In the book the preface is by the Patriarch of Venice Francesco Moraglia and the introduction of the Guardian Grando, Franco Posocco. The production is by ARTantide.com Gallery in collaboration with Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Movimento Arte Etica.

"I chose Maria, as the protagonist, as a tribute to femininity and as the main person damaged by the suffering generated during the Passion, unfortunately so often relegated to the background - explains Pombo -. And I couldn't find all these meanings except in Tintoretto's paintings. It also seems to me an excellent historical moment to affirm the importance of the female figure and of the mother ”.
The theme of motherhood is a topic treated by the Renaissance painter with particular care, variety and sensitivity with respect to the condition of women and mother. However, Tintoretto tells us that the female figure is also a metaphor for contemplation, meditation, perhaps prayer itself, the most mysterious and secret feeling that man can feel.
The variations of Pombo, in the presence of the Venetian master's originals, establish a sequence of figurative couples that also lead to a general reflection on the family, on its problems and difficulties, which often find a dramatic confirmation in the condition of the female world.
In this perspective also Jorge R. Pombo, with Jacopo Tintoretto, reminds us that the meaning of art is not only that of beauty and harmony, but also that of admonition and (com) passion.
Pombo is probably the contemporary artist, together with the great informal Venetian painter Emilio Vedova, who confronted himself more deeply with Tintoretto. The link with his painting is never suggestive, but declared. His "variations" come to life and meaning precisely from the duality of the past and the present and the status quo and its destruction. At the same time his works also live on their opposite: it is the regeneration of painting through the negation of the past, the history that is perpetuated in the present, the redemption of the contemporary creative imagery on tradition.
In the painting of Jorge R. Pombo the history of art is at the origin of that visual deception that feeds the ambiguity of his research, it is therefore a fiction that is perpetuated on the world stage, but it is a necessary push for spiritual reconstruction on the rubble of the past. In his vision, art and religion intersect in the expression of a superior harmony. His canvases reflect the profound sense of hope, dream, trust and justice in a world of shared values ​​and references, to reflect on the complex of moral laws that should be strongly promoted in every space and every time.
The Venice exhibition is part of a larger cycle of works that Jorge R. Pombo recently dedicated to Tintoretto, already exhibited both at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, and at ARTantide.com Gallery in Verona (September 2018 - January 2019) with the 25 variations of "The massacre of the innocents" - whose main work was acquired outright from the School.


Pombo has become famous for his original revisitation of classical painting, which reproduces by emptying the figuration with nuanced erasing actions, to plastically recover the "spots", the backgrounds of color, which he still feels alive and interesting at the time of today .
In fact, Pombo faithfully reproduces the original works, blending them later with special solvents, poured onto the canvas in a horizontal position, recalling the technique of American action painting. Technique that gives the work an optical effect of considerable impact, unsettling, highly dynamic.
The influence of 1950s American painting, of Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman, of Cage and Cunningham emerges from his work.
The central theme of his poetics is the reflection on the motif of painting in itself, focusing on the plastic and artistic dimension of the works. While the multiplicity of versions / variations makes up the complexity of the artist's relationship, set here with the master of the Venetian Renaissance, Tintoretto.