La Serenissima

Art in Venice from 16th to 18th century
11 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

In no other country does the individuality of the respective style of the art landscapes have such a high value as in Italy, especially in Venice. The unique lighting conditions in the lagoon city surrounded by reflecting water and the slightly hazy air saturated with small drops evoke a very unique form of perception. This inspired not only the Venetian painters, but especially the draftsmen. "Sprezzatura" (nonchalance) became the leitmotif. The stroke, often with the pen, takes the leading role, vibrant and with a dancing lightness. 

In the Graphic Cabinet we present about 50 Venetian drawings that show the tradition in which Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, "the best painter of Venice" stands: artists such as Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Sebastiano Ricci, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Giuseppe Bernardino Bison and others present the different facets of Venetian draftsmanship from the 16th century to the decline of the Republic.