Concordi, Collezioni e Collezionisti
The origins of a great painting collection
From the “Pitocchi” genre to landscapes, passing through mythology
Scenes, still lifes, floral designs and figures from different walks of life. From the enchantment of the myths to the reality of everyday life. We will take you through various artistic eras and settings and their many players, providing a pictorial anthology of Venetian art in the 17th and 18th centuries, with its Northern European influences, before leaping back to 15th century Flemish painting.
A multiple, anthological exploration of Venetian art
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A great pictorial anthologyItaly’s great figurative tradition is made up above all of holy and profane scenes, memorable events and exemplary deeds whose protagonists are gods, heroes, saints and knights. But as we all know, every tradition sooner or later comes to an end, and so it happened that beggars, paupers, drunks and the poorest, hungriest section of the population abandoned its classic role as extras and stole the scene from the usual protagonists, creating a new artistic genre: the “pitocchi”.
Then there are those who prefer landscape painting over characters. In Venice, for example, great importance was attached to the study of nature, transforming suggestive views and ancient ruins into authentic masterpieces.
At Palazzo Roncale, the Concordi, Collections and Collectors exhibition gathers all these 17th and 18th masterpieces in one great pictorial anthology of art just waiting to be discovered and admired.
From the “foreign” painters of Venice, such as Sebastiano Mazzoni, to painters of reality, such as Brescia’s Pietro Bellotti; from the mysterious Elisabetta Marchioni, to artists of the calibre of Matteo Ghidoni, Luca Carlevarijs, Johann Anton Eismann and Jan Gossaert; the extraordinary collection of the Accademia dei Concordi e del Seminario Vescovile di Rovigo owes its prestigious works to the passion for art of a number of noble families from Rovigo.
The secret works of this precious painting collection await you in a uniquely fascinating exhibition held at Palazzo Roncale.
A journey rich in landscapes and charactersDespite being traversed by foreign armies fighting for dominion over Italy, in the eighteenth century the country was in the grips of an extraordinary artistic and cultural ferment: Italian artists enjoyed such prestige and success as to be sought out by all the European courts.
Venice stood out for sheer number of painters and for the great role given over to the study of nature. This interest led these artists to develop three types of subjects: still lifes, vedute and landscape painting.
First conceived in the sixteenth century and developed - apart from a few exceptions - during this period, the pictorial genre of the veduta consists in the topographic representation of a city with subjects. It generally focuses on suggestive views or ancient ruins populated by caricature-like figures.
Part of its success was promoted by the Grand Tour, a journey through Europe that young intellectuals of the time would undertake on completing their studies, when they would purchase vedute as souvenirs.