Giovanni Biasin

Giovanni Biasin

The exhibition revolves around the largest view of Venice ever made, painted in the ’80s of the nineteenth century by the Venetian painter and decorator Giovanni Biasin. It is a work just over a meter and a half high and almost twenty-two meters long that represents Venice at 360 °, with a special point of view: from the water level, on a boat in the basin of San Marco.

Alongside this masterpiece, other interesting perspective views will be exhibited from public and private loans that will tell the story of the architecture of Venice from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.

The fashion and passion for panoramas had spread throughout Europe in the 19th century. They were mounted inside large cylinders like circus tents, or purpose-built structures. The public could enter for a fee to see shows that included lighting effects. It came, with ingenious mechanisms, to create the effect of navigation by moving the audience stands and causing scenes of panic or seasickness.

With a brief historical excursus up to the present day, the panoramas on display will bear witness to the fortune of a genre and will reveal to the public little-known or even unknown works. A volume on Venetian panoramas will be presented, edited by “lineadacqua” and edited by Giandomenico Romanelli and Pascaline Vatin with unpublished critical texts and images of the works on display.

During the period of the exhibition, conferences and concerts open to the public will be promoted, offering insights on Venice and enriching the representation of the city with musical suggestions. The project will be brought to Moscow in the fall of 2021 thanks to a collaboration between the Querini Stampalia Foundation, the Italian Cultural Institute in Moscow and the Schusev State Museum of Architecture.


Location: Querini Stampalia, Venice

Schedule: May 14 – Sept. 12, 2021