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Visions of Egypt in Ippolito Caffi's vedutas at the Correr Museum in Venice

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Visions of Egypt in Ippolito Caffi's vedutas at the Correr Museum in Venice

Who says that art in Venice was over with the fall of the Republic ?

This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of a great Venetian artist: Ippolito Caffi. Until November 20, 2016 the Correr Museum houses a splendid exhibition in which all the artist's works kept at the Civic Museums of Venice are finally exposed.

Landscape views of extraordinary artistic value send us back to familiar scenarios, such as St. Mark's Square in Venice or St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, but also to exotic and distant places, such as the Acropolis in Athens and the Suk of Cairo in Egypt .

The Caffi's eastern vedutas were born during the journey undertaken by the artist in 1843 for his desire to meet personally with these much fabled worlds in literature and painting, and for his adventurous spirit - the same spirit that a few years later will bring Caffi to fly in a hot air balloon, of which he left a living memory in a beautiful painting exhibited in the exhibition.

The journey to the East was definitely difficult and dangerous, but essential for his human and artistic growth: Greece, Turkey, Egypt, then down to Nubia and even Syria, Armenia , Palestine and again Greece, in Athens.

Caffi returned from this extraordinary journey enriched by an unprecedented understanding of light and its reflections and a new capacity in the rendering of that 'hot bouncing and glimmering against pure white marble and sandy stretches without border, where the horizon is lost to 'Infinity'.

The exhibition ' Ippolito Caffi 18.09-1866 . Between Venice and the East ' is open every day (Monday - Thursday from 10.00am to 7.00pm, Friday - Sunday from 10.00am to 11.00pm); tickets for accessing the exhibition can be purchased directly at the ticket office of the Correr Museum.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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