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Art and Culture of the eighteen century



Many visitors to Verona come for its links with Romeo and Juliet, the Arena, and the other famous monuments, but there is another side to the city which, until the beginning of April, is being explored – The eighteenth-century in Verona and its province.

It all starts at the exhibition of the eighteenth century in Verona. Held in the Gran Guardia, close to Piazza Bra, the exhibition includes artists such as Tiepolo, Cignaroli and Rotari, and in addition, has a series of themed itineraries which covers the arts, architecture and culture in eighteenth-century.

The exhibition is truly international with paintings on loan from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Prado in Madrid, the Uffizi in Florence and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and focus’ on the ‘Age of Enlightenment’. The exhibition includes over 150 prints, drawings, books and paintings concentrating on the culture and tradition of Verona, which was considered significantly different to the trends and fashions of the capital, Venice.


One of the paintings exposed at "Il Settecento a Verona"


Perhaps the highlights of the exhibition are the works of two renowned Veronese painters of the 18th century, Giambettino Cignaroli and Pietro Antonio Rotari. Many of Cignaroli’s works were displayed in the courts of Europe, whilst the painter himself never left Italy. Rotari, on the other hand, travelled widely and worked directly for several sovereigns, including the Russian royal family.

As well as works by Cignaroli and Rotari, there are also particularly beautiful views of Verona by Bernardo Bellotto, and Giambattista Tiepolo's. Tiepolo left behind in Verona some prominent examples of his work including one of his masterpieces damaged by a bomb in the Second World War, his renowned fresco on the ceiling of the hall of Palazzo Canosa, depicting the Triumph of Ercole.


Exhibition details:

Palazzo della Gran Guardia

Piazza Brà


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