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.

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