The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, August 1, 2014


800 Unpublished Drawings from the Venetian 19th-Century to Go on View
Francois Vervloet (1795-1872), "Barche a Venezia". Matita e biacca su carta. Venezia, Museo Correr.
VENICE.- As part of the programme of developing the vast patrimony of its collections, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia is presenting a vast exhibition of nineteenth century drawings at the Correr, most of which are on display for the very first time. It includes works by artists such as Caffi, Pividor, Guardi, Moro, Bosa, Vervloet and to name but a few.

Coordinated by Giandomenico Romanelli, the exhibition is installed in the Hall of Honour and the Museum’s large exhibition area on the second floor. They are all in some way connected to Venice: either the subject of the works is Venetian, they were conceived and completed in Venice, or they are about Venice, inspired by the city and its monumental and social aspects as a subject of exercise or poetical sensations.

The Venice that appears in the nineteenth-century drawings of the Correr is surprising: both modern and ancient, distracted and suffering, secret and well-known; it reveals the nerves and muscles of a body in suffering that refuses to yield, full of life and dynamic. Above all, there are outbursts of reality, of what is true, going beyond rhetoric and regrets, beyond nostalgia and laments.

A Venice that is unusual and full of fascination during the years of Ruskin and the first big, controversial restoration projects, the affirmation of tourists seeking sensations that differ from those of the Grand Tour of the Enlightenment.

It is a season of studies and research; a nineteenth century that is starving for history and industry, contradictory and fragile, unsure and headstrong. In a word, Modern.

The collection of drawings from the Venetian nineteenth century at the Correr is one of the biggest on the graphic scene of that century.

It consists in several hundred sheets of different quality and kinds that – maybe because they have been obscured by the fame of the vast collections of drawings from the eighteenth century – have never received the attention they deserved and were thus considered a ‘lesser’ patrimony’ for years and therefore mainly used as a source of documentation.

However, the outstanding importance of these collections gradually became clear from various points of view.

Names: it starts with the youngest (and least skilled) of the Guardi family, Giacomo (1764-1835), who followed in his father’s footsteps and wandered around the city, making hundreds of sketches, impressions, and caricatures until he perfected the view- memory, the “postcard”, with subjects he repeated dozens of times but which became both original and curious with his incessant wanderings in search of a more modern expressive interpretation. Then come the thousands of drawings, both big and small, notes or completed drafts, studies, and details by a famous engraver and illustrator, Giovanni Pividor (1812-1872) who creates a Venice, with its corners and its architecture, an inexhaustible reportage: a meticulousness bordering on the obsessive, light as a feather, or structured and pictorial in “fine” inks as is the case in his rich album “Souvenir de Venise”, most of which has never been published.

We then come to the great Ippolito Caffi (1809-1866), both resurgent and heroic, in love with ‘people’: commoners resting, Austrian police, sailors waiting to be signed up, someone from the Orient, masks: Venice that is both supine and inclined to outbursts of pride, during the nineteenth century when she was both skinflint and servile, seeking redemption in jeers and gestures of rebellion. Sketchbooks with watercolours and veduta barely outlined on the small forerunners of today’s moleskins, memories, the notes of a great landscape painter who had freed himself of ‘eighteenth-century’ fascination.

A novelty (at least for the wider public) is the collection of over two hundred drawings by the Flemish artist François Vervloet (1795-1872). Seduced by the camera obscura, the urban landscape, ’objective vedutism’, he tackled Rome with the landscape of the Nordic Pensionnaires (French, Danes, Germans and Scandinavians), and in Naples with what was almost the naive landscape of the South, as well as with the odd, eccentric Englishman. He arrived in Venice – where he was also to die – in 1872, leaving not only his drawings but also a detailed personal diary of great interest, in which he jotted down what was both important and trivial, meetings, exchanges of opinion, and experiences at the art markets. Vervloet did not limit himself to glimpses and views: he would enter sacristies, study relics and candelabras, or outline a gilded hedgehog or marble volute.

Another novelty that is not to be missed is the drawings and watercolours by Eugenio Bosa (1807-1875). No veduta or monuments but a city made of beggars and fishermen, misery and suffering, one glass too many to forget hunger, an argument outside someone’s home, but also the odd moments of rest and tranquillity: a trip to the Lido, having a chat next to a well-head, a dog playing, children laughing and crying, the lottery being drawn in Saint Mark’s Square, winners and losers in annual rowing races.

Other artists appear with smaller amounts of material but of increasing breadth. They include Luigi Querena (1820-1887) who specialises in a particular genre, short lived but extremely successful: panoramas, the 360° perspective portrayals of a city or landscape, or historical events, which were to reach its height of success in the early and middle nineteenth century, in France, Belgium and England especially.

Finally, thanks to the great generosity of a private collector, there is one more novelty: around eight unpublished drawings in pencil by Giacomo Favretto (1849-1887) reveal the fleeting details, glimpses, secret portraits, impressions jotted down unseen in the Venetian cafés, in other words, in places of socialisation and learning (reading the newspapers, the Gazettes, magazines, literature), places for prudent political activities, or rather, weaving plots, spying, seduction and betrayals. Not only the important Cafés in Saint Mark’s Square (Florian, Quadri, Aurora and Vittoria) but also in the Giardini and Giardinetti, Caffè Orientale and many other places that made the history of this city – and not always in unimportant things, for example the Biennale.

Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia | Caffi | Pividor | Guardi | Moro | Giandomenico Romanelli |


Today's News

November 28, 2009

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Shows Exhibition by Influential Designer Verner Panton

Sotheby's to Sell, "Elephant" (Purple), a Unique Work by Jeff Koons

Pinacotheque de Paris to Show Edvard Munch or the "Anti-Scream"

Posters Everywhere: Product Advertising through the Medium of the Poster

Bologna's International Art Fair, Arte Fiera Art First, Announced

Sale of Masterworks from Band Estate Carries Heffel Auction to $20.8-Million Sale

Lenin Statue Vandalized by Ukrainian Nationalists in Kiev

Serpentine to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Richard Hamilton Exhibition

Frans Hals Museum to Show Exhibition of the First Woman to Become Masterpainter

800 Unpublished Drawings from the Venetian 19th-Century to Go on View

Stadel Museum Examines Works by Frankfurt Artist Who Died at Age 23

Sotheby's Swiss Art Sale Highlights Works by Giacometti, Hodler and Vallotton

ArtSway Announces Exhibition of New Work by Dave Lewis

First Full-Scope Solo Exhibition of William E. Jones in Europe Announced

Green Art Gallery in Dubai to Open Nazif Topcuoglu Exhibition

Fotomuseum Winterthur Opens Exhibition of Photographs by Graciela Iturbide

Group Show of Color Photographs Opens at Michael Hoppen Gallery

Exhibition to Inaugurate New de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

Michael Landy: The New National Gallery Associate Artist

Prague Museum Depicts Country's Communist Past

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site