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Carnival in the Triptych of the painter Guido Cadorin

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Carnival in the Triptych of the painter Guido Cadorin

Until March 27, 2017 the splendid Palazzo Fortuny houses a beautiful exhibition on the Cadorin, family of artists who were active in Venice between ‘800 and ‘900.

Among the members of the family on display, the most famous was definitely Guido (1892- 1976), the artist who also exhibited abroad and made paintings for important clients, including the famous poet Gabriele D'Annunzio.

Palazzo Fortuny exhibits a famous early work by Guido Cadorin, dated 1914: 'Meat, meat and more meat', which was meant to emphasize the vices of the modern world.

The work consists of three panels: the first shows some hanging turkeys (the vice of gluttony), in the second we see three drunken people in a tavern (the vice of drinking) and in the third the bare legs of a dancer and the title 'Carnival '(symbolizing lust). Interestingly, at the beginning of the twentieth century Carnival was still seen as a vicious and decadent feast, but nowadays it is more readily connected with the idea of children in costumes playing in the squares of Venice!

Guido Cadorin presented the triptych at the 1914 Biennale, but it was rejected and so, along with other prominent contemporary artists  - Gino Rossi, Arturo Martini, Felice Casorati, Umberto Boccioni - he organized an exhibition entitled 'Rejected' at the Hotel Excelsior at the Lido of Venice.

Palazzo Fortuny is located in Venice, between the Rialto Bridge and the Accademia. You can easily buy online your ticket for the public transport in Venice and reach the exhibition by boat!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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