'The Ciardi Family. Landscapes and Gardens’ in Conegliano

A great exhibition to celebrate one of the most important families of Venetian artists

From 16 February 2019 to 13 June 2019

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In the splendid setting of Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the exhibitions for 2019 are kicking off with 'The Ciardi Family. Landscapes and Gardens’, a fascinating exhibition dedicated to one of the most important families of Venetian artists between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Promoted by the Municipality of Conegliano and Civita Tre Venezie, and curated by Giandomenico Romanelli with Franca Lugato and Stefano Zampieri, the exhibition, which will run from February 16 to June 13, 2019, continues the fascinating series dedicated to Venetian painting between 1800s and 1900s which opened last year at Palazzo Sarcinelli with the retrospective 'Teodoro Wolf Ferrari. The modernity of the landscape '.

In a period of great changes in the world of painting , when artists were increasingly oriented towards a direct and en plein air study of reality, Guglielmo (Venice, 1842-1917) and his children Beppe (Venice, 1875-Quinto di Treviso, 1932) and Emma (Venice, 1879-1933) become the absolute protagonists of the Venetian, Italian and international artistic scene, also gaining concrete recognition abroad thanks to their participation in Venice Biennales and the main national exhibitions. According to curator Giandomenico Romanelli, the Ciardis succeeded in introducing radical innovations in landscape painting, from the light, which is declined in all the possible variations, through the live and palpitating presence of nature - in the plants, fields, harvests and the expanses of depicted heather - and the majesty of the mountain peaks that are captured in the blue light of dawn or in the poignant orange of the sunset, to, finally, the rows of vines and hay and the watercourses.

With more than 60 works, with an original approach and linked mainly to the representation of the nature and landscape of the Veneto region, the Ciardi exhibition in Conegliano will allow you to appreciate the elements that characterized the artistic production of this family and, thanks to the presentation of some juxtapositions, to recognize the peculiarities, the similarities and the differences between the three artists. The works of the Conegliano exhibition in 2019, among which there is also a notable group of paintings displayed once again to the public after about twenty years, come from private collections and important public institutions, such as the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Arts and Humanities of Venice, Casa Cavazzini ̶ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Udine and the International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca' Pesaro in Venice.

The 'Ciardi Family. Landscapes and Gardens' exhibition opens by first focusing on the early artistic career of Guglielmo, still strongly influenced by the 19th century landscape tradition, as can be seen in Paesaggio fluviale (1859), one of his early paintings, and then moves on to the years at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, under the guidance of Domenico Bresolin, and the growing importance that the landscape of the Venetian hinterland played in his artistic research. Marshlands along the River Sile, rural atmospheres, the landscapes of Piedmont and the Dolomites are some of the most original yet overlooked traits of Guglielmo's artistic production. His prolonged stays in the areas of Quinto di Treviso, Fonzaso, Asiago and San Martino di Castrozza allowed him to build an intimate and deep relationship with these places linked to his childhood and memory, a bond that allowed the artist to portray these places with continuity and intensity.

The second section of the Ciardi exhibition in Conegliano is dedicated to Emma, a great traveler and painter who was appreciated internationally. Passionate about Venetian vedutism, she was able to rework the experiences of Macchiaiole, Impressionists and Late Impressionists in a new expressive key: Emma rediscovered Guardi’s great tradition in a modern key, giving life to a new, ironic and lively 18th century painting style. She was very successful in the representation of parks and gardens, where peace and security reigned. Thanks to the comparison between some of the works by Guglielmo and Emma, the exhibition also highlights the value of her artistic forays around Europe: the passion for travelling is cultivated hand in hand with the enthusiasm towards nature and the painting of views, leading to an enriched representation of subjects and iconographies, from the Impressionists to the Glasgow School.

The exhibition is drawn to an end with Beppe, whose work is presented in Conegliano under a new light that highlights his modernity and Symbolist accents. Beppe, in fact, while remaining faithful to his father’s style, introduced 20th century elements to create a personal vision of the landscape: the exhibition will show both the similarities with Guglielmo and Beppe's attraction towards Nordic symbolism and Böcklin’s work. His artistic career saw the human figure gradually acquiring more importance than the landscape, also thanks to the lesson of Ettore Tito.

Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano – ‘The Ciardi family. Landscapes and gardens’: do not miss the opportunity to visit an exhibition of great charm that traces the artistic evolution of one of the most important families in the history of Venetian art between the 19th and 20th centuries.


Opening times Ciardi exhibition in Conegliano

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 to 18:00
  • Friday to Sunday: 10:00 to 19:00
  • Closed on Monday

Tickets ‘The Ciardi Family. Landscapes and Gardens'

  • Adult: €11.00
  • Concession: €8.50 – students, over 65s, affiliations, groups of 10 people, residents of the Municipality of Conegliano (only on weekdays)
  • Concession: €7.00 - groups of 10 to 25 people
  • Schools concession: €4.00
  • Family ticket: €25.00 - for families consisting of 2 adults and 2 children aged 6 to 8 years, additional children enter free
  • Free: children up to 6 years, those accompanying people with disabilities, tour guides, 2 leaders per school class and 1 group leader, journalists (prior accreditation)
By Insidecom Editorial Staff