Exhibition: Figment of the Past
Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis
With its aqueous alleys and enchanted archways, Venice has welcomed and hosted countless foreign travelers as well as served as a hub of international commerce for centuries. In the eighteenth century, at the height of the Grand Tour, Italian artists found new ways to depict their city and appeal to an ever-burgeoning clientele of art collectors, connoisseurs, and tourists. Drawn from the Davis's rich holdings, this exhibition will present over two dozen early modern Venetian works on paper that reflect this fascination with Venetian topography in addition to a range of other subjects inspired by this extraordinary city. This exhibition will feature works by Palma il Giovane, Canaletto and Tiepolo, among other artists, which will enchant the viewer. Curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Senior Curator of Collections, with generous support from the Marjorie Schechter Bronfman '38 and Gerald Bronfman Endowment for Works on Paper.