• 30 Sep 2018

From September 26th 2018 to January 21st 2019, the Réseau des Musées Nationaux (Grand Palais) in Paris shines a light on the blaze of glory of the Republic of Venice before its ending in 1797. Art-Trope was invited to its opening and gives you all the details.

Entrance of the Great Canal with Santa Maria della Salute by Gianantonio Canal

Entrance of the Great Canal with Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, 1722 © Gianantonio Canal

An artistic explosion in Venice right before the end of the Republic

The 18th century was marked by a true fascination from the world about the Republic of Venice. The city became the receptacle of pleasures and modernity. There was a certain joyfulness influencing this time frame during which the Arts reached a Golden Age. The exhibition “Magnificent Venice: Venice, Europe and the Arts in the 18th century” is organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais with the collaboration of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. It focuses on the last years of the Republic before its ending in 1797 by putting together Artworks from all mediums. Chief Heritage Curator and exhibition curator Catherine Loisel said: “at the Grand Palais, we present a panorama of the Arts from that time frame.”

Magnificent Venice exhibition at the Grand Palais

Magnificent Venice exhibition at the Grand Palais, September 2018 © Art-Trope

The Venetian Artists’ influence on European Art

Even though the first part of the exhibition aims at putting the greatness of the Republic of Venice in the spotlight, the second part focuses on its influences on Europe and the rest of the world. Indeed, “I started with the idea that there was an area that hasn’t been explored yet, that is to say the Venetian Artists’ influence on European Art” explains Catherine Loisel. Therefore, the exhibited Artworks are the result of a dialogue between Artists coming from Venice and other European countries. More precisely, the exhibition explores the relations between Venetians and England, France, German countries and the Spanish Court. In that context, Venetian female Artist Rosalba Carriera had a specific influence in Paris, including regarding French Artist Charles Watteau.

A flamboyant and triumphant Venice at the Grand Palais

The city of Venice presented by the Grand Palais stands out through its greatness. The exhibited Artworks participate in the construction of a myth that was to survive centuries after the end of the Republic of Venice in 1797. The world’s fascination for this floating city is palpable. In that context, painter Giandomenica Tiepolo is an essential Artist. His very personal production after he came back from Spain is significantly inspired by his Venetian life. The representation of this Golden age is made through the crowd scenes and the sumptuous parties. “The people reflected in the imagery created by the Artists, as solution to everything that was negative in society: disparagement, despair. Therefore, it truly is a beautiful lesson for the present to step into the future” says Catherine Loisel.

Allegory of Faith by Antonio Corradini

Allegory of Faith, Venice, 18th century © Antonio Corradini


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