This spring both the Doge's Palace and the Correr Museum in St.Mark's Square, host a couple of inspiring exhibits related to the city's heritage and to the graphic design, which is normally disregarded as an artistic genre by itself.
HIERONYMUS BOSCH AND VENICE Venice, Private quarters of the Doge’s Palace, February 18th – June 4th, 2017
Hard to believe, but no museum in Italy can boast Hieronymus Bosch paintings, except for the Doge’s Palace in Venice!
They were commissioned by the collector of antiques Cardinal Domenico Grimani, son of Antonio who was elected Doge in 1521. Two triptychs and four panels were on display in his Roman style Palazzo, near Campo Santa Maria Formosa, which today is a National museum.
The restoration of the works in the show was financed by the Bosch Conservation Project and the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles: The martyrdom of Saint Liberata, Three hermit saints, and Paradise and Hell (Visions of the Afterworld).
Bosch lived between 1450 and 1516, in a troubled and dramatic age, so that his paintings look visionary as well as expressions of the spiritual issues of his time.
For this reason almost 50 other contextual paintings in the show will make clear the relationships between the Flanders and the Venetian merchants, or the learned men who were attracted by this enigmatic and fascinating painter.
You will see the canvases by Palma il Giovane, Quentin Messys, Jan Van Scorel, and Joseph Heintz, then the prints by Durer, Bruegel, Cranach and Campagnola, who operated both in the Serenissima Republic and in Northern Europe.
Don’t miss this opportunity, you don’t need any extra ticket for the exhibit!
FROM POUSSIN TO CEZANNE - DRAWINGS FROM THE PRAT COLLECTION Venice, Museo Correr, March 18th – June 4th, 2017
The Correr Museum is proud to present a selection of 110 sketches from one of the world’s premier private collections of French drawings, owned by Louis-Antoine and Veronique Prat.
As a specialist in drawings and Art History, Mr. Prat works at the Louvre as researcher, teacher and adviser, while his wife Veronique is an art journalist best known for her work in Le Figaro newspaper.
The exhibit aims at representing the evolution of French graphics from the 17th through the 19th century, and this is the reason why the displayed drawings originate from a careful selection out of 230 works on paper by great masters such as Poussin, Callot, Seurat and Cézanne.
These artworks capture the creative possibilities of drawing, as well as the artists passion for research and experimentation.
Visitors will have the chance to see an amazing array of subjects, spanning from the portrait, the female nude and the landscape, to mundane activities of everyday life, that show the insatiable curiosity of the artists and the intimate nature of this powerful genre.
The exhibit is curated by Pierre Rosenberg, Director of the Alliance Française in Venice, with the collaboration of the Fondation Bemberg in Tolouse.