It took nearly five hundred years, but what the founder of history of art as a discipline Giorgio Vasari stated, has been finally proved wrong publicly: Venetian artists could draw and they could do it well.
The poetry of light. Venetian drawings from the Washington National Gallery at the Correr Museum exhibits half of the biggest world collection of drawings from the Serenissima Republic: 138 works selected by artistic relevance and preservation state will lead you through one of the most fascinating artistic adventure.
Venice as a place of production, but also a place of long-lasting maybe everlasting inspiration. Whoever is lucky to admire them, would not fail to notice that what is on those light cream and blue sheets are not only drafts, sketches, preparatory drawings, models and studies for the bottega (the art atelier), they are true works of art in themselves. “A poetry of light”, which is made by lines, shadows, chiaroscuro, chromatic scale, highlighting that refine modern and timeless figures. The drawings cover the time between the 15th and 19th centuries. The exhibition starts with Badile, Bellini and Mantegna and gets to the “eminent foreigner” John Singer Sargent, passing through Carpaccio, Giorgione, Lotto, Tiziano, Bassano, Veronese, Tintoretto, Piazzetta, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Guardi.
The bilingual catalogue published by Marsilio is highly recommended.
The Poetry of Light. Venetian drawings from the Washington National Gallery.
Correr Museum, Piazza San Marco 52