Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727 – 1804), Polichinelle et les saltimbanques, 1791-1793, detached fresco.
Having inherited a multisecular tradition, at the dawn of the 18th century Venetian civilisation dazzled in the visual and decorative arts, music and opera alike. The presence of great talents, such as the painters Piazzetta and Giambattista Tiepolo, the urban landscape painter or vedutista Canaletto and the sculptors Corradini and Brustolon, to name but a few, allowed Venice to cultivate a unique aesthetic and sense of luxury. Music was kept very much alive through creations by composers such as Porpora, Hasse and Vivaldi, performed by world-famous singers, including the castrato Farinelli and the soprano Faustina Bordoni.
In the Ospedali, poor or orphaned young girls received extensive musical education, and their virtuosity made them famous throughout Europe. In the city, during Carnival, drama and farce were everywhere, and the passion for gambling was given free reign at the ridotto.
Exhibition organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Venice where the exhibition will be presented after Paris (23 of February – 9 June 2019).
(Image © Archivio Fotografico - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia)