2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, which is celebrated in a number of exhibitions also abroad. At Waldemarsudde Museum, Stockholm, some twenty Venetian works from the 18th century will be shown, featuring sceneries and portraits, borrowed from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, one of the most important Italian museum collections, currently closed to the public for restoration.
The works featured in the exhibition highlight how the Venetian Republic, during the XVIII century, was able to express to the European world how it was culturally lively. The landscape of the Venice lagoon became the favorite subject of sensitive and talented artists, among whom Canaletto and Francesco Guardi, whose views brought the myth of Venice worldwide. At the same time, the inland painters – Giacomo Ceruti, Fra' Galgario, Paolo Bonomino – were outstanding for their highly realistic portraits. Last but not least, artists as Pietro Longhi and Giovan Battista Tiepolo represented everyday life, local village festivals and religious feelings, aiming to arise through their works the public's attention, amusement and devotion. This exhibition thus offers an extraordinary rich repertoire of artworks from the XVIII century, when the refined Venetian life reached its climax.