Giacomo Favretto Venice fascination and seduction

From 31 July 2010 to 21 November 2010

From July 31st to November 21st 2010 the Correr Museum in Venice will host the first modern day exhibition entirely dedicated to Giacomo Favretto, the Venetian painter considered to be one of the best painters of the 19th century in Italy, who gained a high level of popularity during his intense but rather short career he died in fact at the age of 38 years. He was a true innovator" who, at the second half of the century, brought the Venetian school back to the level of the great masters of the Veneto tradition from Longhi to Tiepolo that had been abandoned up until then in favour of paintings of history and landscape.He died in 1887 leaving unfinished on his easel Modern Stroll, a masterpiece which despite having all the prerequisites to bring the Venice painting school to withstand the confrontation with the most modern international trends, failed to do so due to the premature death of the artist. It was not until much later, at least after 1895, the year the Biennale was to be founded in Venice, that this piece of work was fully noted and appreciated for its innovative meaning.

Co produced with the Chiostro of the Bramante in Rome, this Correr exhibition include an extensive set of unpublished works, totalling around eighty pieces and covering the entire range of Favrettos production. Some of the masterpieces on display are unknown to the public and come from museums or private collections. The exhibition also offers a view of the artists work in relation and comparison with other Venetian painters of the same period, such as Ettore Tito, Alessandro Milesi, Guglielmo Ciardi e Luigià Nono.

During the exhibition visitors will be able to admire works from every stage of Favrettos artistic development, from his beginning at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, his success at the Brera Academy and up to his participation in the 1878 Universal Paris Exhibition, which was a source of new inspiration and technical ideas.

The exhibition then continues with works from the Eighties, which at that time met with resounding success with both critics and the general public. In these Favretto described at the highest level every day life in Venice using slight ironic touches in the guise of Longhi and Tiepolo - but without failing to adhere to the fashion and tastes of his time.

Amongst them are Susanna and the two old men, on loan from the Budapest National Gallery, on display in Italy for the very first time, and the outstanding The laundresses from the Katalinic collection. His latest masterpiece, Modern Stroll, which was purchased by the King of Italy and is currently privately owned, concludes the exhibition.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff