Within our new #VeduteWednesday series we will present works from our collection, introducing you to 18th century vedute painting. 🤩 But first of all: Do you know what " vedute painting" actually means? 🤔 The word " vedute" comes from the Italian word “veduta” and means "view". In the early 18th century, landscape and city views were a popular subject for Italian painters. In Venice in particular, a veritable hype arose. Schools of painters were formed whose sole task was to produce city views. Travelers who came to Italy to admire the landscape and history also wanted to take a souvenir home with them. The Lamberg bequest mainly brought important works of 18th century Venetian painting to the Academy, such as Giambattista Tiepolo’s early oil sketch Phaeton and Apollo or the group of eight Venice views by Francesco Guardi (1712 Venice - 1993 Venice). It covers in overview the development of the painter from the beginning of his vedute painting to his late work. Between 1770-75 he created the here depicted work "The Piazzetta with the Libreria Vecchia in Venice". Merchants and traders bustle about in a square in front of the famous Renaissance building of the library. In the background you can see ships and boats arriving in Venice or leaving the city. ✨
After giving you an overview of vedute painting, next week we will tell you more about the veduta painter Francesco Guardi!
Francesco Guardi (1712 Venice – 1793 Venice), The Piazzetta with the Libreria Vecchia in Venice, between 1770-75. #akademiegalerie#vienna#arthistory#arthistorynerd Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien