In Villa Pisani an exhibition to bring back to life traditional skilled labour from Venice and its mainland

From 02 June 2012 to 04 November 2012

In the enchanting setting of Villa Pisani, in Stra, from June 2th to November 4th, 2012 the fascinating Nobility of Labour. Arts and professions in Venetian Paintings between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Considered one of the best examples of a Venice villa along the Brenta Riviera, Villa Pisani is located in Stra within the splendid province of Venice. The elegant interior of Villa Pisani houses frescos, original paintings, furniture and is decorated with works from numerous artists, amongst them the renowned Giambattista Tiepolo. Uninhabited since 1884, nowadays Villa Pisani is a national museum.

The exhibition Nobility of Work. Arts and professions in Venetian Paintings between the 18th and 19th centuries is part of an interesting initiative centred on 19th century painting that has been organized in recent years by the National Museum of Villa Pisani at Stra.

The exhibition will showcase seventy pieces, some of which will be showed for the first time. They depict different aspects of work through beautiful representations of traditional skills of the past in Venice and its mainland between the 19th and 20th centuries.Works from lesser known artists and great masters of Verismo paintings in the Venice region housed in museums, foundations and private collections will be brought to Villa Pisani for this great exhibition on working life from the fall of the Venice Republic to the beginning of the 20th century.

An exhibition on traditional skilled labour that has been preserved in the suggestive paintings of numerous artists who painted folks during their daily activities.

Glimpses of Venice bustling with markets and street vendors, where women working as washerwomen or others at the service of wealthy families.

The artists have painted with accurate details and paid great attention to scenes inside houses and around Venice, where dress makers and embroiders work with great patience, cobblers, blacksmiths and barbers work in their shops whilst outside, on the squares of Venice, bead threaders are waiting for their husbands to return from the sea.

Other works shown at Villa Pisani depict the market of Piazza delle Erbe in Verona, the fish market in Chioggia and workers in the fields of the mainland of Venice with peasants, rice pickers and shepherds.

The selected paintings for the exhibition at Villa Pisani aim at offering thoughts on traditional labour skills, the moral values that give meaning and stability to individuals and communities both in the past and the complicated modern economies.

Times2.06 - 30.09 from 8.30am to 8pm1.10 - 4.11 from 9.00am to 5pmClosed on Mondays

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 02 June 2012 to 04 November 2012

Event location: Villa Pisani - Via Doge Pisani, 7 - Stra (Venezia)

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