Renaissance in Black and White

Renaissance in Black and White
at Ca’ Rezzonico museum
Renaissance in black and white

The esteemed Ca’ Rezzonico museum will host until June 3, 2024, “Renaissance in Black and White – The Art of Engraving in Venice”, an exhibition in the captivating world of Renaissance engraving.

During the Renaissance, Venice flourished as a hub of artistic innovation and cultural exchange, fueled by its strategic position as a bustling mercantile center. The city emerged as a primary Italian locus for the creation and dissemination of prints, igniting a veritable “image revolution” that rivaled the splendor of painting.

Curated by the “Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia” in collaboration with the “Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa”, this landmark exhibition celebrates the zenith of graphic art in the Serenissima, showcasing masterpieces that mirror the era’s vibrant artistic dialogue. The collections of the two institutions, bolstered by works from private and public collections across Italy, converge to offer a comprehensive exploration of this extraordinary artistic phenomenon.

Divided into chronological and thematic sections, the exhibition traces the evolution of Venetian engraving from its inception in the late 15th century to its zenith in the mid-16th century. Themes ranging from tonal chiaroscuro to landscape, narrative painting to the female nude, illustrate the breadth and depth of artistic expression during this pivotal period.

With over a hundred works displayed at each location, visitors are treated to a visual feast that showcases the exquisite craftsmanship and innovative spirit of Renaissance engraving. From the “happy black lines” extolled by humanists to the enduring themes of Venetian art, this exhibition offers a captivating journey through a bygone era of creativity and cultural exchange. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the enduring legacy of Renaissance engraving at Ca’ Rezzonico, where history and art converge in a mesmerizing display of talent and ingenuity.


Location: Ca’ Rezzonico Museum, Venice

Schedule: until June 3, 2024

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