A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s

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Feb 17 2017 - May 21 2017

A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s is organized in cooperation with Contemporanea Progetti in Florence, Italy. This exhibition celebrates the theater and spectacle of Venice—in public and private life—in paintings, costumes, furnishings, glass, and ceremonial regalia.

Renowned for its beauty and singularity, Venice played a central role in the history of Western art. In the 18th century, the city experienced a revival in the arts and was the premier destination for intellectuals and travelers. The city and its inhabitants cultivated and eulogized a tradition of street life, festivals, and fashion.

Guest-curated by the former director of the Museums of Venice, Giandomenico Romanelli, A Life of Seduction examines this culture of display and sensuality through four primary themes: A City that Lives on Water; the Celebration of Power; Aristocratic Life in Town and Country; and the City as Theater.

The works in the exhibition are drawn primarily from Venetian and other Italian collections, with important additions from American institutions. Five extraordinary paintings, never before seen in the United States, introduce the themes of the exhibition. Recently attributed to Joseph Heintz the Younger (1600-1678), these detailed works illuminate the richness of Venetian culture and society, providing insight into the public life of Venetians, and intimate views of political and aristocratic life.

Exhibition overview from museum website

  • European
  • 18th Century
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Joseph Heintz the Younger
  • Canaletto
  • and others

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