Thank you to the 105,056 visitors!

Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque in Venice

From October 12, 2013, to January 19, 2014

Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), The Minuet, 1756, Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Legs Francesc Cambó (1949), Photo Calveras / Mérida / SagristàThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents this world premiere innovative exhibition, the exclusive Canadian venue, exploring for the first time the important interrelationships that exist between the visual arts and music in the Venetian Republic, from the early sixteenth century to the fall of the Serenissima at the close of the eighteenth century. An achievement that took more than five years of work and planning!

Thanks to outstanding loans from 61 prestigious museums and collectors from prominent international collections, like the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the National Gallery of Art (Washington), the Palatine Gallery, Uffizi, Capitoline, Thyssen-Bornemisza, the National Gallery (London) and the Cité de la musique in Paris, the visitors will discover the splendours of Venice through the musical scene.

Featuring approximately 120 paintings, prints and drawings, as well as historical instruments, musical manuscripts and texts, including the first edition of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, the exhibition paints a portrait of extraordinary artistic and musical creativity.

Splendore a Venezia, organized, developed, produced and circulated by the Museum, brings together masterworks by many of the most renowned names associated with the city on the lagoon: visual artists directly associated with the musical life of the city include Titian, Tintoretto, Bassano, Giovanni Battista and Domenico Tiepolo, and Francesco Guardi, many of whom were also amateur musicians, as well as Bernardo Strozzi, Pietro Longhi and Canaletto, whose paintings record the role of music in Venetian life. The exhibition also includes manuscripts and publications by Venetian composers like Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Albinoni, Lotti and Vivaldi.

The exhibition is under the direction of Nathalie Bondil and Hilliard T. Goldfarb, the exhibition curator. In addition, the Museum is honored to receive the high patronage of His Excellency Mr. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic.

A moving exhibition to be savoured in more than one visit. Bravissimo!

La Presse
La Presse

Impressive loans for this Canadian exclusive.

C’est pas trop tôt
C’est pas trop tôtRadio-Canada Première

See Venice… and smile. The exhibition is accompanied by outstanding musical programming at Bourgie Hall, films and special events.

Le Devoir
Le Devoir