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 owrks, 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 Rocca are joining forces to share with the public the onders of the Venetian heritage.
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Art is everywhere in Venice in every detail of the city and around each street corner. Influenced by many different countries across the centuries. Venice, city of art and culture, celebrates artistic creation through numerous cultural events including te Art Bennale, which is onsidered one of the most prestigious artistic happenings in Europe. On the occasion of this international rendezvous. Jaeger-LeCoultre wishes to share its commitment to preserving the cultural heritage. As a patron of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Brand will enable visitors to discover the historical monument free of charge on May 9th. Art histroy 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 the the work on display so as to facilitate grasping its subeleties. The light invites visitors to concentrate on certain scenes or details so as to progressively reveal the composition of the canvas.
The second restoration phase, which begain this year, involves the marble elements. This meticulous work started on the upper floor in the Sala Capitolare on te mullioned windows, the altar adorned with imposing 17th century statues by Grolamo Campagna, as well as on the monumental portal leading towards the imperial-style staircase. This ortal with its splendidly adorned arch was probably designed, like the staircase itself, by Antonio Abbondi, generally known as Scaragnino, and built between 1545 and 1550.
Safeguarding our global cultural heritage
Behind each work and each cretion lies the human hand. Since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been striving to perfect the kind of technical or aesthetic details that make eac watch a unique work of art. Enamelling, engraving and gemsetting are all virtuoso crafts that the Grande Maison combines in the horological and artistic works it masters under its own rood. This proud heritage constantly reinvented by the artisans of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre stems from a determination to preserve artistic skills and creations.
In Portugal, Jaeger-LeCoultre has financially contributed to restoring the clock of the Triumphal Arch of Augusta Street in the heart of the city of Lisbon. After more than four moths' restoration work, the clock struck 12 to symbolise the fact that it is once again in operation.
Guided by a resolute desire to safeguard the creativity and artisan-style skills that have played such as strong role in the life and histroy of the Manufacture. Jaeger-LeCoultre participates in highlighting and passing on our internation cultural heritage.