Imaginative exploration: Tintoretto’s 'Origin of the Milky Way'

Date and time

Wednesday 24 May, 1–1.30pm

Room 6

Olivia Armstrong


Admission free

How do we make sense of the natural world around us? When we look at the night sky do we ever ask how the stars were formed?

For millennia we have tried to explain both the celestial and terrestrial worlds through myths and stories. Tintoretto’s painting puts into visual form a story of the creation of the Milky Way, asking us to use our imagination to engage with the unknown.

Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong in an imaginative exploration of this majestic painting. 

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by Elizabeth and Daniel Peltz OBE

Image above: Detail from Jacopo Tintoretto, The Origin of the Milky Way, about 1575