Venetian Art in the 18th Century–From Canaletto to Tiepolo: A Three-Part Course with Sara Grinzato

Venetian Art in the 18th Century–From Canaletto to Tiepolo: A Three-Part Course with Sara Grinzato


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Although by the eighteenth century, Venice had lost much of the power that defined it during the Middle Ages, Venice excelled in creative talent and artistic production during this period. The work of such internationally renowned painters as Tiepolo, Rosalba Carriera, and Canaletto exemplify the best of what is known as the Second Golden Age of the arts. It was a time of excess in life, Carnival being its most incredible expression of celebration, and Casanova being the most adventurous expression of character.

This course explores the art and culture of Venice in the eighteenth century. Art historian Sara Grinzato will discuss some of the most relevant masterpieces created by Tiepolo, Longhi, Rosalba Carriera, and Canaletto, using them as an instrument to analyze relevant social aspects and customs. Venice was still a recognized capital of culture in the eighteenth century, and a city of the Grand Tour catering for all kinds of attractions. Flourishing craftsmanship attracted people and buyers from all over the world.

Led by an expert on Venetian art, Sara Grinzato, this interactive seminar series will fascinate art and crafts lovers. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the Venetian art heritage in the ‘Settecento’, (or eighteenth century); of the aesthetic principles of the Rococo; of the social customs and of Carnival; and of the major crafts that are still renowned and sought for all over the world.

 

Lecture 1: Tiepolo, Longhi and… Casanova

The first part of the course will be dedicated to the visual art production in Venice during this period. The lecture will focus on paintings by great masters and the way they contributed to the creation of the Rococo style in Europe. A short discussion of Casanova will help us to understand the atmosphere of the period.

Lecture 2: Canaletto and Urban Vistas

The second part will focus on the urban portraiture by Canaletto. The discussion will examine not only the technique and methodologies of Canaletto, but also offer a few comparisons between those “vedutas” or views and today’s city.

Lecture 3: Craftsmanship: Fashion, Glass, Perfume, and Masks

The third part pivots to the beauty of the artisanal production, with special emphasis on glass, fashion and masks, particularly the way they are represented in contemporary paintings.

Sara Grinzato is a professional art historian, conservator, and expert in Venetian art. She can boast a number of publications on Tiepolo, monumental interior decoration in the 18th century, and Post Palladian villas frescoes.

 

How does it work?

This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.

Is there a reading list in advance?

Though the course is open to participants with no background in Venetian art there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this soon after course registration.

How long are the lectures?

Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.

How much is the course?

The course is $105 for three lectures.

Is a recording available?

In general, our courses are not recorded. However, if you need to miss a lecture please let us know in advance and we can arrange for a recording for that session on an individual basis.

This course is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Interesting overview of art, society, industry in 18th c Venice.

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Interesting start to 18th Century Venetian Art but short on relevant contextual details.

Interesting enough but short on making it great with better examples of artist's work, such as Tiepolo's Pieta frescoes and relevant background on societal practices of the time - legal prostitution, political power, wealth etc.

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Fascinating!

Very excited for the next two sessions of this course. The first one was fantastic. Great overview of what was happened historically leading up to this period and what may have driven the art styles. Can't wait to visit in person and see these works of art.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
78%
(7)
11%
(1)
11%
(1)
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(0)
0%
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P.

Interesting overview of art, society, industry in 18th c Venice.

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C.G.M.
Interesting start to 18th Century Venetian Art but short on relevant contextual details.

Interesting enough but short on making it great with better examples of artist's work, such as Tiepolo's Pieta frescoes and relevant background on societal practices of the time - legal prostitution, political power, wealth etc.

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M.
Fascinating!

Very excited for the next two sessions of this course. The first one was fantastic. Great overview of what was happened historically leading up to this period and what may have driven the art styles. Can't wait to visit in person and see these works of art.

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C.

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