The National Museum of Art of Romania

Venitian Vedutas from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection

14 June to 15 July 2018
National Museum of Art of Romania, National Gallery
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

Venetian Vedutas from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection brings for the first time before the Romanian public works by several artists famous for their contribution to the development of veduta as a new artistic genre typical of the 18th century.

Capriccio with Gothic Church and Lagoon by Canaletto (Venice, 1697 – 1768), View of Canal Grande looking onto Riva del Vin and Riva del Carbon by Michele Marieschi (Venice, 1710 – 1744), San Marco Square looking onto San Geminiano by Francesco Guardi (Venice, 1712 – 1793), and Veduta of Santa Maria della Salute and Punta della Dogana by Hendrik Frans van Lint (Antwerp, 1683 – Rome, 1763) take us through verious corners of Venice, its world-famous, atmospheric buildings and waterways which captivated  the imagination of generation upon generation of art lovers.

As 18th century intellectuals and travelers, many of them English, polished their upbringing undertaking long European tours with compulsory stops in some of Italy’s most important cities, vedutas began to flourish as a natural complement to the “grand tour”, a forerunner of contemporary cultural tourism. This new type of “pilgrimage” resulted in new ways of cultivating memory through a special relationship with art as much as with the art of remembering and sharing your impressions and memoires with others. Like travel logs, vedutas mediate a direct personal experience of places and buildings invested with symbolic value; they give collective imagination a strong grounding and help shape cultural memory. Canaletto worked industriously for the English art market whose sensitivity to the aesthetics of the picturesque, difference and specificity supported the veduta’s commercial success.

The exhibition was made possible by the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Gallerie d'Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Vicenza, from where the paintings are. The Intessa Sanpaolo Bank holds an important collection of more than 20,000 pieces, over half of which are of great cultural value. The collection is generously presented to both local communities and the international public through museum-type institutions hosted in three historical palaces, former bank buildings located in central Milan, Naples and Vicenza.       

 

14 June to 15 July 2018
National Museum of Art of Romania, National Gallery
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month