Bernardo Bellotto, Veduta di Verona co Castelvecchio e il Ponte Scaligero - oil on canvas

From 26 November 2011 to 9 April 2012 – The Palazzo della Gran Guardia

We all know the Venitian XVIIIth century well, with its Guardi and Canaletto. But what about its counterpart Verona, just a few hundred kilometres away? Of course authors who were active in Venice also left their mark in Verona such as Tiepolo or Bernardo Bellotto. Of course they are represented in the exhibition that nevertheless wishes to bring forward those artists who have been half-forgotten. It is the case of Giambettino Cignaroli who was at the origin of a local academy, and more so, Pietro Antonio Rotari, who was sought by the Tsars in Saint-Petersburg as much as Vernet or Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. In an era in which virtual reconstitutions are common practice, the one that stages the return of the Triumph of Hercules is much awaited: this fresco by Giambattista Tiepolo, that decorated the Palazzo Canossa, returned to dust during the bombing of the Ponte Scaligero bridge, in the night of 24 Apr il 1945.

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