Sunday, February 21, 2010

Unpublished drawings from 19th century Venice

The Correr Museum (St. Mark Square) collection of 19th century Venetian drawings (till April 11 2010 is one of the largest collection of examples of graphic arts of that century. It comprises several hundred sheets of different quality and nature, which have never had the attention they deserve, due to their long being considered a 'minor' heritage and being mainly used for their documentary value.Slowly, however, the exceptional significance of these collections has emerged, from various points of view. The Town Museum Foundation of Venice presents a large selection of these works in this exhibition, as part of its program of appreciation of the immense cultural heritage of the collections. These are mostly unpublished works by authors such as Caffi, Pividor, Giacomo Guardi, Moro, Bosa, Vervloet and others. Either the subject matter of the works is Venice or the works were conceived and created in Venice, about Venice or inspired by the town and its monumental and social aspects, as a subject for practice or for poetic resonance.The Venice that emerges from these 19th century drawings is surprising: it is modern and old at the same time, distracted and suffering, secret and well known; it reveals the nerves and muscles of a body scarred but not broken, still vital and dynamic. Above all the drawings record the onrush of reality and truthfulness in addition to rhetoric and regrets, nostalgia and lament. It is an unusual and fascinating Venice in the years of Ruskin and of the first large and debated restoration projects, the affirmation of a tourism in search of feelings which are distinct from those of the Grand Tour of the Enlightenment.

Enrico ( - Casa del Miele - Bed and Breakfast Venezia Venice Venedig Venise Venecia (agriturismo, albergo, hotel, affittacamere, camere, alloggio, soggiorno, guesthouse, hostel, rooms)

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