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Venezia panoramica. La scoperta dell’orizzonte infinito is extended to October 17, 2021
Giovanni Biasin, Panorama di Venezia (part), 1887, tempera su carta,
Giovanni Biasin, Panorama di Venezia (part), 1887, tempera su carta,
From 14 May to 17 October 2021

The exhibition is extended to October 17, 2021.

The largest view of Venice ever made, painted in 1887 by the Venetian artist and decorator Giovanni Biasin. Housed in the centuries-old and prestigious Accademia dei Concordi in Rovigo, it is being exhibited at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia for the first time after the last conservational restoration.

The dimensions of this unique document, a tempera on paper, are enough to show just how exceptional the work is: a little over 1.70m high, the view is 22 metres in length. More than a ‘view’, it is a ‘panorama’ of the city.

This extraordinary work is the centrepiece of the exhibition Panoramic Venice: The Discovery of an Infinite Horizon, curated by Giandomenico Romanelli and Pascaline Vatin, and promoted by the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Accademia dei Concordi and Fondazione Cariparo, from 14 May to 17 October 2021.

Thanks to the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Moscow, the exhibition will travel to the A. V. Schusev Museum of Architecture in the autumn, demonstrating yet again that Venice is a tireless cultural driving force at an international level.

The exhibition project came about due to a desire to exhibit Biasin’s remarkably original view of Venice in the city itself more than a century after its execution, but it is also an opportunity to reconstruct, through around sixty engravings and paintings, the thrilling journey that begins with the miniscule fifteenth-century woodcut vignettes, concentrated almost only on St Mark’s Square, before gradually broadening its horizons, taking in more of Venice’s skyline until it encompassed the entire city.

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