The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century

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Yale University Press, 1994 - Art - 528 pages
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Venice, home of Tiepolo, Canaletto, Piranesi, Piazzetta, and Guardi, was the most artistic city of eighteenth-century Italy. This beautiful book examines the whole range of the arts in Venice during this period, including paintings, pastels and gouaches, drawings and watercolours, prints and illustrated books and sculpture. The book begins with an introduction by Andrew Robison, and a general introduction to Venetian art by Michael Levey. Essays by other eminent authorities then discuss the international taste for Venetian art and major aspects of the art of the period. The essays are followed by a catalogue that discusses and reproduces many of the finest works of the time along with biographies and critical discussions of the artists. The selection of works emphasises the beauty, quality, distinctiveness, variety, balance, and unity of Venetian art. It includes altarpieces by Tiepolo, Piazzetta, and others that demonstrate the importance of profoundly serious and grand religious art; it presents the finest examples of history painting and allegory, views and landscapes, architectural fantasies, decorative paintings, and portraits; and it offers a large selection of particularly fine graphic art, for many of the greatest painters - Marco Ricci, Piazzetta, Canaletto, and Tiepolo - also devoted themselves to printmaking, book illustration, and designs for stage sets and the decorative arts, and often found greater freedom for their fantasy in such works.

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This beautiful book has served as the catalog of a survey exhibition held in London and Washington in 1994-95. The 16 authoritative essays by an international cast of museum and academic scholars ... Read full review


The Glory of Venice Andrew Robison
Introduction to i8thCentury Venetian An Michael Levey
The International Taste for Venetian
Rococo Artists Alessandro Bettagno
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Andrew Robison is Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art.

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