The Triumph of Color: Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi and the great eighteenth century Veneto on display in Vicenza

From November 23, 2018 to March 10, 2019, Palazzo Chiericati and Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza are hosting the exhibition 'The Triumph of Color. From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi'.

The Gallerie d’Italia at Palazzo Leoni Montanari and Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza is hosting, from November 23, 2018 to March 10, 2019, the exhibition The Triumph of Color. From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi. Vicenza and Masterpieces from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, an exhibition that exceptionally brings to the motherland some masterpieces of the Venetian eighteenth century: this is the exhibition that, until October 14, the Russian public in the halls of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow itself. The main section of the exhibition is set up at Palazzo Chiericati, while at Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Intesa Sanpaolo’s museum headquarters in Vicenza, will be on display the Madonna with Saints Ludovico of Toulouse, Anthony of Padua and Francis of Assisi by Giambattista Tiepolo (Venice, 1696 - Madrid, 1770), framed by the collection of eighteenth-century Venetian paintings preserved in the Vicenza palace, including the celebrated corpus of paintings by Pietro Longhi (Venice, 1701 - 1785).

The paintings from the Pushkin Museum will co-star in a narrative featuring thirty works from the same field and period, selected from the extensive holdings of the Civic Museums of Vicenza, rich in over fifty thousand pieces, and from the Intesa Sanpaolo holdings preserved at Palazzo Leoni Montanari. The itinerary of the exhibition (curated by Victoria Markova and Stefano Zuffi with the scientific advice of Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa) will be aimed at showcasing the development of eighteenth-century Veneto art and its deflagrating impact on European art, with artists active in every corner of the old continent: appreciated, imitated, followed, collected, skilled in moving in every environment and executing sacred and profane subjects that will be models for subsequent generations.

The exhibition also stands as an important moment for the works of the collection coming from the Pinacoteca di Palazzo Chiericati while awaiting the new display of the eighteenth-nineteenth-century section: in fact, these are paintings that will be able to be exhibited in Italy again after more than a decade. The itinerary leads inside that magical moment of European art that was the Venetian and Veneto eighteenth century, made eternal by its protagonists such as Giambattista Tiepolo, Giambattista Pittoni, Luca Carlevarijs, Giambattista Piazzetta, Antonio Giovanni Canal known as Canaletto, Francesco Guardi and Pietro Longhi. In addition, the exhibition aims to extend beyond its two venues, inviting visitors to visit churches, palaces and villas in the city and the surrounding area, following Itineraries specially developed by the organizers. Among the stops are the Palladio Museum and the three villas just minutes from Vicenza and representing the greatest fresco masterpieces of 18th-century Europe: Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Villa Cordellina and Villa Zileri, which, in part because of the paintings that adorn them, are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

“We have introduced the wide Moscow and Russian public to Venetian art and the art treasures of our Pinacoteca and Palazzo Leoni Montanari,” comments Francesco Rucco, Mayor of Vicenza. “We are now offering Venetians and our tourists the chance to admire the treasures of Venetian art that are now the heritage of the Pushkin and to have a ’taste’ of what the civic museum of Palazzo Chiericati will permanently offer as soon as its new layout is completed.”

“The Triumph of Color,” emphasizes instead Michele Coppola, Central Director of Art, Culture and Historical Assets, Intesa Sanpaolo, “brings together the main values that underpin our Bank’s Culture Project, starting with the enhancement of Intesa Sanpaolo’s extraordinary art collections and the sharing of initiatives with prestigious national and international institutions. We have brought to the Pushkin Museum our paintings from the eighteenth century Veneto and now we admire the masterpieces from Moscow and those preserved in the Vicenza Civic Art Gallery. This confirms a relationship of deep dialogue and cultural exchange both with Russia and with the administration of Vicenza, where the first of the Gallerie d’Italia to which the Bank gave birth is located.”

The exhibition is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday: at Palazzo Chiericati from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Gallerie d’Italia from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Single ticket for the two exhibition venues: 14 euros full, 12 euros reduced (Palazzo Chiericati Museum ticket holders of any type, under 18; university students up to 25 with a valid university card and groups), 5 euros reduced schools, free for children under 6, tour guides, accredited journalists and free according to law. The Triumph of Color. From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi. Vicenza and Masterpieces from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow is produced by MondoMostre and jointly promoted by the Municipality of Vicenza, the A.S. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and Intesa Sanpaolo, in the dual role of sponsor for both venues and cultural partner, thanks to its Vicenza museum branch. Catalog published by Skira.

Pictured: Giambattista Tiepolo, The Death of Dido (1757 - 1760; oil on canvas, 40 x 63 cm; Moscow, Pushkin Museum)

The Triumph of Color: Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi and the great eighteenth century Veneto on display in Vicenza
The Triumph of Color: Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi and the great eighteenth century Veneto on display in Vicenza

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