Thursday, December 31, 2009
Gala For The New Year
Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)
The Venetian Gala Concert
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Oil On Canvas
27 3/16 Inches By 36 3/8 Inches
I saw this legendary painting for the first time this summer.
One of Francesco Guardi’s key masterpieces, the painting portrays an actual event: a gala concert held in Venice in 1782 in honor of visiting Russian nobles.
The painting has historical importance: it is the only surviving depiction of Venice’s famed all-girl chorus and orchestra, comprised solely of orphans and once directed by Antonio Vivaldi.
An irrelevant yet timely footnote: Guardi’s death was to occur on a New Year’s Day.