Gabriele Matino

Associate Lecturer

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BA and MA (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), PhD (The University of Nottingham)

Gabriele Matino is Associate Lecturer in History of Art. His research focuses on 15th and 16th century Venetian art and it is mostly concerned with the connections between ritual practice and visual culture, on the relationships between patronage and artistic production, and on the role of the arts in forging social and cultural behaviours. More recently, his research interests have extended to investigating Venetian late Renaissance drawing as evidence of the artists’ effort to explore new aesthetic possibilities through an intensive revision of early Cinquecento canon. His grants and awards include a 3-year European Union Research Scholarship (2009-12), a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research in Venice and the Veneto (2014-15) and a Save Venice Inc. Curatorial Fellowship (2016-18). He is the leading curator of the exhibition Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice currently on display at the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice (September 6th, 2018-January 6th, 2019).

Publications

Books Edited

  • Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice, exhibition catalogue, ed. by G. Matino and C. Klestinec (Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2018)
  • “Ebbi fame e mi deste da mangiare.” Luoghi, principi e funzioni della charitas veneziana, 1260-1806, conference proceedings, ed. by G. Matino and N. Gietz (Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2018)

Selected Essays and Articles

  • Introduction, in Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice, exhibition catalogue, ed. by G. Matino and C. Klestinec (Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2018): 15-29 (co-authored)
  • Domenico Tintoretto’s Life-Drawing: Anatomy of an Aesthetic Reform, in Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice, exhibition catalogue, ed. by G. Matino and C. Klestinec (Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2018): 85-93
  • Il ciclo dell’Albergo della Scuola Grande di San Marco: una nuova prospettiva, in La Scuola Grande di San Marco a Venezia, series Mirabilia Italiae, ed. by G. Ortalli and S. Settis (Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2017): 117-133
  • Per una nuova lettura dell’Apparitio di Domenico Tintoretto: il Miraculum de anulo beati Marci, in La Scuola Grande di San Marco a Venezia, series Mirabilia Italiae, ed. by G. Ortalli and S. Settis (Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2017): 161-164
  • “Identità e rappresentazione. I ritratti di gruppo dei cittadini originari della Scuola Grande di San Marco, 1504-35,” Venezia Cinquecento, Vol. 50, 2016: 5-63
  • “Gentile Bellini, Giovanni Mansueti e il Riconoscimento del miracolo della reliquia della Croce al ponte di San Lio: chiarimenti e proposte,” Venezia Cinquecento, Vol. 20, 2011: 5-34
  • “Regesto per Francesco Vecellio,” Studi Tizianeschi, Vol. 6-7, 2011: 20-46 (co-authored)

Research

Gabriele is working on a book-length project on Domenico Tintoretto (1560-1635), a painter whose graphic production marked a critical rupture with the Cinquecento canon. Much of current scholarship continues to rely on Giorgio Vasari’s concept of disegno and its function as the primary theoretical and operational tool for learning from statuary how to filter nature’s defects and achieve the so-called bella maniera. From the 1570s onward, however, a younger generation of artists from Florence, Milan, Rome, and Bologna gradually overturned Vasari’s paradigm by using life-drawing to re-ground classical and Michelangelesque models in nature. The artists from the Veneto have generally been excluded from this historical process and instead have been characterized as derivative imitators of the towering masters of the Cinquecento. Domenico, in particular, has been portrayed as unable to emerge from his father Jacopo’s shadow and thus incapable of differentiating his work from the Tintoretto house style. By analyzing Domenico’s predilection for natural phenomena and the defects of the human form, and in light of the concurrent trans-regional reactions against the bella maniera, the book powerfully challenges this narrative by re-conceptualizes Domenico’s drawing practice as a conscious rejection of his father’s idealized aesthetics and an attempt to introduce into Venice a new mode of empirical naturalism that radically broke with Cinquecento artistic tradition.

External activity

Conferences Organised

  •  19 May 2016 – 20 October 2016 Incontri Belliniani, Scuola Grande di San Marco and David Rosand Library & Study Center at Save Venice Inc., Venice
  • 18 September 2015 “Ebbi fame e mi deste da mangiare.” Funzioni e significati della charitas veneziana, 1260-1806, Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice
  • 26-28 March 2015 Citizens of Venice: History and Art (co-organizer), Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin
  • 22-24 March 2012 The Artist as Entrepreneur: Directing the Workshop in Renaissance Venice (co-organizer), Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Washington, D.C.

Selected Conferences Papers

  • 22 November 2017 “Osservare la Regola. Usi e funzioni delle miniature trecentesche della Mariegola della Scuola Grande di San Marco,” Costantinopoli e Venezia. Fondazioni bizantine di carità e Scuola Grande di San Marco (sec. IV-XV), Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice
  • 9 November 2017 “Funerary Memorialization and Food Offering at the Venetian Scuola Grande di San Marco, 1500-1600,” Food as Voice: Historical Perspectives, Malta Historical Society – History Week, Malta
  • 18 October 2017 “Mito, storia, memoria: il Miracolo dell’anello di San Marco di Domenico Tintoretto,” Rosand Library & Study Center at Save Venice Inc., Venice
  • 29 June 2017 “Carità e legittimazione sociale alla Scuola Grande di San Marco,” Ecole du Louvre-Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Séminaire international d’histoire de l’art vénitien: Les Scuole de Venise. De Bellini à Tiepolo, Venice
  • 5 August 2016 “All’ombra della mezzaluna. Il Martirio di San Marco di Giovanni Bellini e Vittore Belliniano (1515-26),” Fondazione Centro Studi Tiziano e Cadore
  • 26-28 March 2015 “The Cittadini Originari of the Scuola Grande di San Marco: Art Patronage and Self-fashioning (1504-34)”, Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin
  • 1 March 2014 “Venice, Ancona and the Turks: Silk Trade and Devotion at the Scuola Grande di San Marco (1515-26),” Department of Archaeology, The University of Nottingham
  • 8-9 September 2014 “Fashioning Identity in Renaissance Venice: Representation of Self and Class Formation at the Scuola Grande of San Marco (1504-34),” Bibliotheca Hertziana—Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome
  • 5-7 July 2012 “Palma Vecchio’s Sea Storm: Chronicle of a Miracle in the Scuola Grande di San Marco,” Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium, Oxford
  • 7 December 2011 “Giovanni Mansueti’s Miracle of San Lio: Piety, Charity, and Funerary Services at the Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista,” The University of Warwick in Venice

Exhibition

  •  Leading Curator, Art, Faith and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice, Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice

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Contact details

Dr Gabriele Matino
Associate Lecturer
History of Art
University of York
Room V/C/221

Tel: 01904 323371

Office Hours:

Thursdays 1-3pm