Baroque Art in Venice – a Forgotten Artistic Culture
The recovery and critical rehabilitation of a culture and artistic identity, still neglected and forgotten by the historiography of the 20th century – that of the Venetian Baroque, dated between the deaths of Tiziano and Tiepolo, according to a widespread definition in the English-speaking world, rather wide but effective in understanding the continuity, tradition and innovation within this context: this has been the focus of my research activities in the course of the last fifteen years, supported by targeted Research Grants from the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Museum, the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The combination of sources and traditional investigation tools with more up-to-date, international perspectives on historiography allowed the reconstruction of some significant chapters of the artistic culture of those centuries: from the role of private collections to the transformation of the artist's profession and workshop, from the relations among art, literature and intellectual circles to the reflections of political contingencies in the artistic expressions.
Among the completed project, there are:
- "Il collezionismo d'arte a Venezia dalle origini all'Ottocento" (2005–2010), supported by a multiannual financing of the Fondazione di Venezia and developed in collaboration with the Getty Research Institut. The results of these thorough investigations, cross-referencing archivistic, historiographic sources and visual culture, were published in a three-volume series published by Marsilio Editore.
- Rencontres à Venise. Étrangers et Venitiens dans l'art du XVIIe siècle, an exhibition organized in 2018 at the Musée Fesch of Ajaccio in collaboration with the Gallerie dell'Accademia of Venice – the first exhibition dedicated to venetian Baroque since the Ca'Pesaro one in 1959.
LINES OF RESEARCH
- Artists, commissioners and collectors in Venice (17th–18th century)
- Poetry and painting in the Venetian Baroque. The Accademia degli Incogniti
- Drawings of the Venetian 17th and 18th century in international public collections
- The artist's profession in Venice (17th–18th century)