The Images of Italy. Italian Painting and Graphic Arts of the 17th-19th centuries from the Hermitage Collection in the Kaliningrad Art Gallery
On 29 November 2011, an exhibit entitled Images of Italy. Italian
Painting and Graphic Arts of the
This exhibit marks the conclusion of a large scale project “The Hermitage in Kaliningrad”, prepared by the State Hermitage Museum and the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” in cooperation with the government of the Kaliningrad Oblast.
This exhibit includes sixty works of art (forty paintings and twenty drawings) united by one theme, the art of the Italian masters and artists of other schools that were inspired by Italy. Both paintings demonstrating Italian influence on European painting as a whole and the most typical examples of various genres, in which the influence is the most tangible, are exhibited here.
Italian landscape is presented diversely. Here there are urban, and rural,
and seaside views. One of the most impressive and original Dutch representatives
of that genre was Nicolaes
Beauty of Italian nature is celebrated by peculiar rural pastoral idylls,
numerous views of gulfs, bays and harbours. Together with images of country
villas and palaces with waterfalls and parks they were extremely popular
Monuments, churches, palaces became “characters” of urban views. “Veduta” (“view”, “point of view” from Italian), oriented towards the tastes of numerous travellers who wished to purchase small-size paintings depicting urban sights as a remembrance of Italy, were especially popular.
In the painting by Anselmo
Views of Venetian lagoon, sketches of urban and rural life scenes brought
fame to Mose di Giosue
A totally special role of Italy in the history of art was reflected in
the enormous influence that Italian masters exerted on painting of practically
all European countries as well as in the existence of Italian colonies
of painters in the
This exposition if rounded out by photographs with vies of Italian cities, made by Enrique Scalfi and presented by the president of the Il Cigno Galileo Galilei publishing house, Lorenzo Dsicini.
The exhibition is accompanied by scientific wonderfully illustrated catalogue (Slavia Publishing House, St Petersburg, 2011). The authors of the articles are S.O. Androsov, the Head of the Department of Western European Art, Ph. D. in art history, and N.B. Petrusevich, senior research assistant of the Drawings Sector of the Department of Western European Art.
The curator of the exhibit is Lubov Stanislasovna Gerasimova, junior research assistant of the Department of Western European Art.