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THE SPLENDOR OF VENICE: CANALETTO, BELLOTTO, GUARDI AND THE LANDSCAPE PAINTERS OF THE 1800’s

Palazzo Martinengo in Brescia hosts the most important Venetian landscape painting exhibition of 1700 and 1800 ever organized in Italy under the name “Lo splendore di Venezia. Canaletto, Bellotto, Guardi e I vedutisti dell’Ottocento”. From 23 January to 12 June 2016 masterpieces from public and private collections celebrating one of the most loved Italian cities: Venice, will be exhibited.

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Canaletto, Il Canal Grande.
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Gaspar Van Wittel, L’ingresso del Canal Grande.

Over the centuries, Venice has been portrayed by Italian and foreign artists so often that it led to the birth of landscape painting, an iconographic genre loved by the cultured and wealthy Grand Tour travelers who were eager to return home with a representation of the city.
The exhibition, curated by Davide Dotti, with the patronage of the city of Brescia, has exclusively collected over one hundred masterpieces by Canaletto, Bellotto, Guardi and the most important painters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Room after room, the visitor will be taken on a fascinating journey to discover the most evocative views of the City of the Doges, through the different artistic movements that have occurred in the course of time, from Baroque to Rococo, from Romanticism to Impressionism.

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Francesco Guardi, Punta della Dogana.
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Michele Marieschi, Ponte di Rialto.

The show with a chronological itinerary order, is divided into ten thematic sections embellished by the presence of a selection of Murano glass created by the artist Maria Grazia Rosin. At the end of the journey there is the hall “Venezia teatro della vita,” (Venice, Theatre of Life) where the protagonists are painted with everyday scenes set among the city’s fields and canals.

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Federico Moja, Piazza San Marco con l’acqua alta.
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Giuseppe Borsato, Venezia sotto la neve.
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Pietro Fragiacomo, Alle Zattere.
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Guglielmo Ciardi, Il Canale della Giudecca all’alba.

The exhibition is a special and unique event that reveals the true soul of this timeless city, because Venice continues to be a myth, a dream and pride of Italy.

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