Event

VENICE AND SAINT PETERSBURG. Artists, Princes and Merchants

18 December 2018 – 24 March 2019 Centro Culturale Candiani

Mestre Curated by: Irina Artemieva and Alberto Craievich Scientific direction: Gabriella Belli and Michail Piotrovsky _ The State Hermitage Museum holds one of the greatest collections of Venetian art in the world. The story of its creation is one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of collecting, with extraordinary and unforeseen discoveries that still surprise us today. Especially designed for the Centro Culturale Candiani exhibition site in Mestre on the Venetian mainland, the exhibition uses a group of paintings and drawings, some of which have never been shown before in Italy, to document the various routes that took Venetian art to the Hermitage, and in doing so brings to life the historic figures of collectors and merchants. The works have been selected so that the history of each piece summarises a specific episode that led to the formation of the Venetian art collection at the Russian museum. On display will be paintings by the greatest Venetian artists of the sixteenth century, such as Tiziano, Veronese, Tintoretto, Bellotto, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Guardi. Relations between Venetian artists and their Russian patrons during the eighteenth century will also be explored by presenting drawings by artists whose work is present both in the collections of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and in those of the Hermitage. One such example is Giacomo Quarenghi, 45 of whose drawings, mostly unpublished, are conserved by the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints in the Correr Museum. These will be accompanied by the drawings of Bartolomeo Tarsia, Pietro Antonio Novelli and Francesco Fontebasso, whose work for the Russian court exemplifies some of the most fertile moments of their creativity. Finally, “twin” collections of Giambattista Tiepolo’s work link Venice to St Petersburg: these are the Gatteri and Beurdeley albums, which contain chalk drawings on blue paper, a selection of which will be shown together for the first time. This absolutely original exhibition, with masterpieces lent by one of the largest and most important museums in the world, will be held in an unconventional venue for displaying historic art. The event has been made possible due to collaboration between the City of Venice and the State Hermitage Museum, according to agreements between Italy and Russia for establishing an “Hermitage Italia”.   Exhibition promoted with State Hermitage Museum
 

Date: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
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Price: 
Paid admission