In 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre discovered the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, an exceptional place rendered unique by the creations of a pioneering artist, the painter Tintoretto (1518-1594). The Brand was touched by the creative passion characterising Jacopo Tintoretto, by the precise execution of his works, as well as the inventiveness revealed in the creation of his paintings. These are the very elements driving the approach cultivated in the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops. A three-year restoration programme was put in place.
On May 9th 2015, within the framework of this initiative, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco are joining forces to share with the public the wonders of the Venetian heritage. As a patron of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Brand will enable visitors to discover this historical monument free of charge on May 9th. Art history guides will share their knowledge of the Scuola through guided tours organised from 10am to 4.30pm in Italian and English (by request and subject to availability).
Visitors will benefit from the work done on the lighting, made possible by the patronage of Jaeger-LeCoultre and setting off Tintoretto’s extremely light-sensitive works to their best advantage. A new LED-based lighting system,
projecting less infrared and ultraviolet rays that are detrimental to colours over time, has been installed in the Sala dell’Albergo.
Visitors can thus fully revel in the beauty of the paintings without damaging them. The colour temperature of the diode may be modified according to the work on display so as to facilitate grasping its subtleties. The light invites visitors to concentrate on certain scenes or details so as to progressively reveal the composition of the canvas.