The first Canaletto masterwork alongside paintings by Guardi, Marieschi and van Lint are displayed for a month in The National Museum of Art of Romania.
The exhibition Venetian Vedute, from the Intesa Sanpaolo Art Collection, has officially opened today, at The National Museum of Art of Romania, and will be on display until July 15. The exhibition was launched on the occasion of the visit to Romania of the chairman of the board of the group, Mr. Gian Maria Gros-Pietro.
During the following month, exhibited will be four baroque artworks, by Canaletto, Michele Marieschi, Francesco Guardi and Hendrik Frans van Lint, coming from the eighteenth-century Venetian collection housed at the Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza, one of the three museums under the patronage of Intesa Sanpaolo Group.
The exhibition is part of Intesa Sanpaolo’s Progetto Cultura, a cultural CSR project developed by the Italian Group, aiming to preserve, enhance, and publicly display the valuable artistic, architectural and archival collections that are part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s heritage. Progetto Cultura is part of the Italian Group’s philosophy that the cultural and social development of a country actively contributes to its economic progress and growth.
“I am extremely proud to bring these four artworks, which are part of the Intesa Sanpaolo’s art collections, to The National Museum of Art of Romania. Intesa Sanpaolo operates in countries rich of culture and heritage and believes that cultural activities are a way to foster friendship across communities; investing in culture encourages social progress and supports economic growth”, said Gian Maria Gros‐Pietro, Intesa Sanpaolo Board of Directors Chairman, on his first visit to Romania at the opening of the exhibition.
“We are honored that alongside with the National Art Museum of Romania we are able to share a part of Italy’s cultural inheritance and our parent Group’s art collection with art connoisseurs in our country”, said Dan Sandu, CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo Romania.
Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the top banking groups in Euro Zone, is the only Italian financial institution that owns its own museums, hosting an impressive art collection of 20,000 artworks, of which some 10,000 are of particular artistic value.
Three historical palazzi from Milan, Naples and Vicenza that were previously designated to banking activities have been converted to serve as museums and cultural centers becoming the Gallerie d’Italia, where a significant portion of the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection is permanently on display: Gallerie di Piazza Scala (Milan) presenting the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian artists, Gallerie di Palazzo Leoni Montanari (Vicenza) which hosts a collection of Venetian baroque paintings as well as fascinating collections of vases from ancient Greece and Russian icons, and Gallerie di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano (Naples) where the last Caravaggio’s masterpiece The Martyrdom of St. Ursula is exhibited, as well as the artworks from the South of Italy created between seventeenth and twentieth centuries.
Venetian Vedute: What artworks are on display
(Venice 1697 – 1768)
Capriccio with Gothic Church and Lagoon, about 1720 – 1721
oil on canvas, 118.3 x 147.6 cm
(Venice 1712 – 1793)
Piazza San Marco towards San Geminiano, about 1775 – 1780
oil on canvas, 81.7 x 125 cm
(Venice 1710 – 1744)
Veduta of the Grand Canal with the Rive del Vin and del Carbon, about 1730 – 1735
oil on canvas, 55.5 x 83 cm
Hendrik Frans van Lint
(Antwerp 1684 – Rome 1763)
Veduta of La Salute with the Punta della Dogana, about 1750
oil on canvas, 46.5 x 71.5 cm