Sebastiano Ricci. The triumph of invention in Venice in the 18th century
From 24 April 2010 to 11 July 2010
To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Sebastiano Ricci, the Belluno painter whose talent anticipated the developments of nineteenth century European arts, the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice is organizing an exhibition dedicated to this artist at the exhibition centre Le sale del convitto on the Island of Saint Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. This exhibition concentrates on the so called sketched paintings, drawings and sculptures, and compares them with those of other Venice artists from the same period (amongst them Tiepolo, Pellegrini, Piazzetta, Molinari, Pittoni, Dizioni, Morlaiter). What is happening is that Riccis sketches, albeit representing a draft version of the intended piece, are so impregnated with arts, ideas, inventive and details, that as Riccis himselfpointed out to a client, the final piece produced from them should instead be considered as the copy. Rather than a rough idea to be developed, they are in fact for their nature already a representation of the finished masterpieces. In his sketches the revolution of style and ideas operated by Ricci, and which opened up the door to the Late Baroque, is more than evident. The exhibition entitled Sebastiano Ricci. The triumph of invention in Venice in the 18th century, brings to light the artistic significance of the art which after a short time would have expanded to all the major European capitals: Riccis fore thinking vision has greatly enhanced the value of Venice artistic influence to the eyes of the entire world.