Venice Art Exhibitions: Manet Exhibition in Venice
Manet returns to Venice with an exhibition from 24 April to 18 August
Of the many exceptional exhibitions in Venice, the absolute must-see is ‘Manet. Return to Venice‘, dedicated to Édouard Manet, which will be staged at the Doge’s Palace until 18 August 2013. This extraordinary exhibition not only presents the Impressionist side of the French painter, but also explores the Renaissance and Modernist influences on his works. The influence of Italian painting on Manet’s work can be traced to his three long periods of study in Venice, Florence and Rome in 1853, 1857 and 1874, and, even earlier, to his apprenticeship at the Louvre, where he was first exposed to the work of Italian painters.
The exhibition, a collaborative project between the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Venetian Civic Museums Foundation, is designed to be an exploration of the paths of influence between the works of Manet and other masterpieces created by Italian artists. Names such as Antonello da Messina, Lorenzo Lotto, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Titian, who may have influenced the French painter’s work. Amongst the paintings in the exhibition, one particularly interesting comparison demonstrating this Italian influence is that made between Manet’s ‘Olympia’ and Titian’s ‘Venus of Urbino’, two world famous works, both from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
The exhibition, curated by Stéphane Guégan, is divided into sections following 9 different themes illustrating the evolution and development of Manet’s artistic expression.
Further information about the exhibition at www.mostramanet.it
25 April 2013