The Treasures of the Doge – A new Itinerary in the Doge’s Palace

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If someone was thinking that the Doge’s Palace of Venice with its lavishing gilt ceilings, its great masterpieces by Veronese and Tiepolo and hundreds of years of history visible on its many paintings was not attractive enough, now there is a new reason to visit it.

Doge's Palace

Giant’s Staircase

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Doges and Dogaresse at the Doge’s Palace

Dogaressa

In the rooms which constituted the apartment of the Doge, until June 30th you can see a selection of portraits of Doges and Dogaresse. If the Doge was the representative of the Venetian Republic, appointed for life by the Great Council, the Dogaressa, the wife of the Doge, not always enjoyed public tributes and honors. It usually depended on the personal wealth of the family.

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Portrait of the Doge’s wife Elisabetta Querini Valier, end of the 17th century, unknown artist

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Sebastiano Venier, Andrea Vicentino, 1577

Through the lavishing rooms of the Palace, refurbished after a fire in the late 15th century and still maintaining most of the original decoration, you meet men and women who were among the principal actors of the history of Venice.

Palazzo Ducale

Paintings show other important symbols of Venice’s past glory like battles, lions, geographic maps.

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At the end, a painting of the 19th century reminds the abdication in 1797 of the last Doge, Ludovico Manin, before the French army of Napoleon entered the city.

Abdicazione Manin

The Deposition of Doge Manin, 19th century unknown artist.

Many hundred years of history, worth to be known.

 

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Venetian Fortresses in the Mediterannean

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Map of the city of Canea (Chania) on Crete. 16th century, ink and watercolor drawing on parchment.

This small exhibition curated by the director of the Doge’s Palace, Camillo Tonini and by Diana Cristante, offers the extraordinary privilege to see original drawings on parchment and on paper made between the 16th and the 18th century of Venetian fortresses in the Mediterranean area.

As many people know, Venice, beside being an extraordinary wealthy and glamorous city, was also a political and military power. The preservation of important outposts in the Mediterranean sea secured the routes of commercial convoys heading toward Alexandria in Egypt, to Constantinople, Cyprus, Haifa and many others destinations.

Gradually Venice enlarged its possessions in the Eagean and Ionian sea; still today the time of the Venetian ruling is called in Greek Venetokratia.

The officers sent by the Republic to administrate these territories, the provveditori, were also in charge of their military defense. If in the 14th century Venice fought above all against Genoa, from the 15th century onward immense monetary and human resources were sacrified in the wars against the Ottomans.

Because of this constant state of war and the development of new weapons, Venice steadily modernised and improved its fortresses in the Mediterranean. The provveditori would send exact drawings and maps of their territories to Venice where all decisions about the necessary interventions were taken.

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Manet. Return to Venice.

An extraordinary exhibition on the French painter Édouard Manet (1832-1883) will be held at the Doge’s Palace from April 24th to August 11th 2013.

The exhibition will be an occasion not only to see among the greatest masterpieces of the artist, who was a precursor of the Impressionism and one of the ‘father’ of modern painting, but also to recognize his understanding of the heritage of Italy and Venice. His Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe and Olympia are clearly variations on Titian.

Manet’s work has never been presented in such a significant manner in Italy.

If you would like to book a visit of the Manet exhibition with me, please write me at my email address: cristina@slow-venice.com

Here you can see some of the works that will be on display at the Doge’s Palace:

Édouard Manet. Olympia, 1863

Édouard Manet. Olympia, 1863

Édouard Manet, 
Déjeuner sur l'herbe, 1863-68


Édouard Manet, 
Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1863-68

Édouard Manet. Le Grand Canal de Venise, 1874

Édouard Manet, 
Le fifre, 1866

 

 

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