Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Juno and Luna, ca. 1735. Oil on canvas

September 9, 2010 – January 2, 2011 – Oklahoma
City Museum of Art

La Serenissima: Eighteenth-century Venetian Art from North American Collections
For over a millennium, the Italian coastal state of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, or La Serenissima, flourished as a center for sea trade and the arts. It also became an important destination on the Grand Tour. Venice’s impressive skylines and unique network of canals, palaces, and churches inspired artists, especially during the eighteenth century. Today, collections throughout North America hold many works from this prolific period.

This fall, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents La Serenissima: Eighteenth-century Venetian Art from North American Collections, on view September 9, 2010–January 2, 2011. Originated by OKCMOA, La Serenissima brings together approximately 65 works from more than 25 collections. Together, these works cover eighteenth-century Venetian art in the age of the Grand Tour and through the decline of the Republic, brought about by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy in the last decade of the century.

La Serenissima will highlight mythological, biblical, historical, and genre works by artists such as Pietro Longhi, Sebastiano Ricci, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and his son, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. It will also contain works by Venetian view painters, including master painter Antonio Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto, Luca Carlevarijs, and Francesco Guardi. These artists created exquisite paintings of Venice’s streets and waterways that had a broad appeal and influenced many artists living both in and outside of Venice

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