Italy 1700-1800

Most of the pictures in this room are Venetian. During the 18th century, the Venetian republic underwent a second renaissance, when artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Sebastiano Ricci returned to the bright colours and theatrical compositions of the 16th century.

Strong demand for church altarpieces and the decoration of palace ceilings resulted in a thriving artistic scene. Artists were employed by the nobility to produce paintings that glorified their ancestry. Religious paintings – in the form of heavenly visions – were commissioned for churches adopting a theatrical style, so that the viewer is transported visually into the realm of God.

It was customary for artists to prepare oil sketches, known as modelli, for presentation to their patrons before they started work on full-scale paintings. These modelli quickly became collectable items, recording in miniature the great altarpieces and ceilings that can still be admired in Venice today.

Paintings in this room

Moses striking the Rock
Moses striking the Rock
Corrado Giaquinto
The Brazen Serpent
The Brazen Serpent
Corrado Giaquinto
Rebecca at the Well
Rebecca at the Well
Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
Bacchus and Ariadne
Bacchus and Ariadne
Sebastiano Ricci
A Vision of the Trinity
A Vision of the Trinity
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
An Allegory with Venus and Time
An Allegory with Venus and Time
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Four Saints
Four Saints
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Saints Maximus and Oswald (?)
Saints Maximus and Oswald (?)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Banquet of Cleopatra
The Banquet of Cleopatra
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Two Men in Oriental Costume
Two Men in Oriental Costume
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Two Orientals seated under a Tree
Two Orientals seated under a Tree
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Building of the Trojan Horse
The Building of the Trojan Horse
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
 
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