Eighteenth-century Venetian masterpieces on display at Antoniana Library

From June 15 to July 6, 2019, masterpieces of the Venetian 18th century are on display in the wonderful Antoniana Library in Padua.

From June 15 to July 6, 2019, the exhibition ’700 Venetian. Works from the Gallo Fine Art Collection, curated by Fabrizio Magani.

Thirty paintings from Graziano Gallo’s private collection and other important private collections: the works on display are by Venetian masters from the last century of the Serenissima Republic. These include works by Giuseppe Zais, Giambattista Piazzetta, Gaspare and Antonio Diziani, Rosalba Carriera, Jacopo Amigoni, Luca Carlevarijs, Francesco Zugno, Francesco Battaglioli, Michele Marieschi, Lorenzo Tiepolo, Maestro del Ridotto, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi, Francesco Zuccarelli, Giambattista Cimaroli, Francesco Fontebasso, Francesco Capella, Antonio Arrigoni, Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, Gian Domenico Tiepolo, Giambattista Pittoni.

The review is also an opportunity to admire the Antoniana Library, usually accessible only to a qualified public for historical research: it is one of the few ancient Franciscan libraries preserved almost in its entirety. Among other things, the restoration work involving the entrance to the library has just been completed.

The Library Hall houses 90 thousand printed volumes and 828 manuscripts of great historical and artistic value, as well as hundreds of musical manuscripts by famous masters, including that of Giuseppe Tartini, one of the most extraordinary musical documents of the 18th century.

“In this exhibition the visitor will still find the lightness of the eighteenth-century spirit alive, but also some fundamental canons of figuration: the theme of the picturesque, between variety and surprise; gallantry as a form of pleasure; freedom of ideas and knowledge, with its symbols and also with the new and invigorating air that circulated in the more modern; fidelity to the classical heritage and its pagan adventures; the truth of observation that leads the eyes to sink into nature and the portrait,” said curator Fabrizio Magani.

In addition, on the occasion of the exhibition, the Pontifical Antoniana Library will display some rare geographical printed works from the 17th and 18th centuries, including some atlases by Father Vincenzo Coronelli, official cosmographer of the Most Serene Republic of Venice and founder of the Cosmographic Academy of the Argonauts, the world’s first geographical society. By Father Coronelli the Antoniana Library also preserves and exhibits two magnificent globes, one terrestrial, the other celestial.

For info: www.gallofineart.com

Image: Rosalba Carriera, Allegory of Grammar (pastel on paper, 62 x 51 cm)

Eighteenth-century Venetian masterpieces on display at Antoniana Library
Eighteenth-century Venetian masterpieces on display at Antoniana Library

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