The elegant 19th century - Art in Italy in the traces of Fortuny 1860 1890
From 29 January 2011 to 12 June 2011
Palazzo Roverella in Rovigo is often the location of great exhibitions that bring prestige to the city and Veneto. Its latest exhibition is titled The elegant 19th century and is a thorough review of art in Italy over a 30 year period between 1860 and 1890. There are many subjects and stories represented in the exhibited works from events in Italy, to social and religious happenings through the birth of the bourgeoisies, which came to cover exactly during this period an important role within the newly born State and is, therefore, the most common painted subject in the paintings of this time. These are characterized by the depiction of the elegant atmosphere of the fashionable salons and the practices (such as races, parties, masked balls) of the bourgeoisies. As cited in the subheading, the exhibition is centred on the figure of Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874 who became famous for the warmth and brightness of the colours used in his paintings, a perfect representation of the happiness and playfulness of life in those years. The elegant 19th century presents the best paintings in Italy at the turn of the 20th century, a period when the Reign of Italy was being unified and the new Italian State in the process of being formed. The splendour and opulence of a time period that was also very lively and dynamic, not only from an artistic point of view but also a from a cultural, social and economic one. Weekdays opening times: 9.00-19.00; Saturdays. 9.00-20.00; Sundays 9.00-20.00. Closed on Mondays.