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Claire Zakiewicz, photo: Mark Edward Smith, 2022






Tintoretto's Daughter

San Marco 3209/A
Salizada Malipiero
30124 Venice, Italy

(1 minute from Palazzo Grassi)

Installation viewable through window at all times from:
October 27 - November 26, 2022

October 27 - November 4
6pm - 7pm daily
November 5
5 - 6pm

November 25

November 26
5:30 -6:30pm


ARTEATELIER is excited to present Tintoretto's Daughter, a site-specific performance painting and installation by Claire Zakiewicz, during the closing month of the 2022 Biennale of Contemporary Art. 

From October 27 through November 27, 2022 Zakiewicz will stage a compelling re-imagining of the story of Tinteretto’s daughter,  Marietta Robusti (also knows as Tintoretta).

In 2019, a chance encounter in Venice led to Zakiewicz to stay overnight at Tintoretto's house, where she conversed with the famous Renaissance artist in the liminal state between waking and sleep. Zakiewicz’s unexpected dream dialogue with Tintoretto inspired her investigation into his relationship with his daughter Marietta and her contribution to his work, her visibility as an artist and the secrets she kept.

The window of the gallery will provide the audience with an extraordinary lens onto an intimate performance, as the artist, blindfolded, channels Tintoretta, through an improvisational performance painting, accompanied by a musical composition produced in collaboration with young women artists. The soundtrack will filter through the public walkway, echoing 15th Century Venetian music, field recordings from streets of Venice, text, music and lyrics written by Zakiewicz and her assistants and collaborators and sounds from the work in progress inside the studio.

Incorporating dance, acting and automatic drawing, the artist will create a large-scale performance painting which embodies the flow of time, drawing on the work produced by Marietta in the sixteenth century: expressive portraits in which the dramatic lighting conjures her pioneering spirit. For Zakiewicz, Marietta represents the forgotten and intentionally obscured histories of women artists and their contributions. 

From 6:00pm to 11:00pm daily there will be a screening of Zakiewicz’s 2018 performance Perspectives In Motion, a collaboration with Venetian dancer Laura Colomban and Venezuelan performer Mariana Alviaraz. 

“When I was doing this performance there was an exhibition of Tintoretto’s work on the other side of Academia bridge. As I was drawing with my eyes closed I imagined conversing with Tintoretto and wondered about the longevity and impact of great art. The mark-making is a visual expression of movement-based active listening, imagination and attunement to the environment and objects. It’s an inquiry into how our movements continuously and subconsciously change, depending on what we hear, see, imagine, touch and interact with.”

The exhibition coincides with the closing month of Milk of Dreams: the 59th Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2022.






Related to this project:


Tintoretto's Daughter, 2022
Venice, May, 19, 2019
Control Variations in Improvised Drawing Practices: A White Paper, 2019




Marginalia 18 by Peter Nagle presents a 44 minute improvisation created with artist Claire Zakiewicz in her studio. Claire's practice explores painting and drawing as an embodied live process, in collaboration with improvising musicians and dancers. For this session Peter used samples by Ruby Drew and Flora (Flosspopps) from a track made for Claire's performance painting/installation "Tintoretto's Daughter" in Venice based around Tintoretto and his daughter Marietta Robusti, and music by Tintoretto's contemporary Verdelot. Peter Nagle's full track can be listened to and purchased here:



Double portrait, possibly Jacopo Strada (1507-1588) and a self portrait of Marietta Robusti dressed as a boy
Attributed to Marietta Tintoretto, c. 1567-1568 (1567 - 1568), Venice
Oil paint on canvas
99.5 x 121 cm



Zakiewicz’s fifth exhibition with Venice-based gallerist Anita Cerpelloni is inspired by the story of Marietta Robusti, the daughter of Tintoretto, who was nicknamed La Tintoretta (the little dyer girl). 

Since conventions during Robusti’s lifetime (1560 - 1590) dictated that women remained in the domestic sphere and not work as artists, Marietta and her female contemporaries relied on male family members for access to the art world. Despite these limitations, Marietta developed a reputation as an artist in her own right, challenging the subordinate place of women in the arts. Shortly after her death, writer Carlo Ridolfi described her as one of the most illustrious women of her time, having the same manner of skill as her father, while displaying "sentimental femininity, a womanly grace that is strained and resolute.” 

She developed her artistic skills by hiding her sex, dressing as a boy so that she could go everywhere with her father. Emperor Maximilian and King Philip II of Spain both expressed interest in hosting her as a court painter, but her father refused their invitations on her behalf because he couldn't bear to part with her. In 1578 he arranged for her to marry a Venetian jeweler and silversmith, Jacopo Augusta, to ensure she would always stay near him. While Robusti worked in her father's studio some sources relate that she worked on altarpieces as an assistant, dressed as a man. However, many of her artistic achievements were attributed to her father. Some believe that Marietta painted some of Tintoretto’s best works but the only painting that can be conclusively attributed to her is her Self Portrait (c. 1580; Uffizi Gallery, Florence), which depicts Marietta posed before a harpsichord, holding a musical text of a madrigal, "Madonna per voi ardo". After her early death, the decline in work produced by Tintoretto was ascribed to grief for his daughter, rather than the loss of a skillful assistant.










































Claire Zakiewicz, Tintoretto's Daughter, photos: Mark Edward Smith, 2022




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