July 30, 2013 — Venice holds centre stage in Montréal with the exhibition Splendore a Venezia: Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque in the Serenissima. Instigated and produced by The Museum of Fine Arts, this multidisciplinary event explores Venetian art of the era from the original angle of the interaction between visual arts and the musical scene.
Renowned for its artistic energy, the City of Bridges has inspired creators since its heyday. The exhibition demonstrates this in stunning fashion with the unveiling of over 120 paintings, prints, drawings, historical music instruments and musical manuscripts from the most illustrious 16th to 18th century Venetian artists. Inventively matching their painted works of art with carefully chosen pieces of period music, Splendore a Venezia recreates typical atmospheres that will take you back in time.
Visitors will find themselves successively at the opera, at a chamber orchestra’s intimate concert, in the midst of a street performance, at a festive commedia dell’arte play, at the carnival… Pictorial masterpieces from the likes of Titian, Tintoretto, the Tiepolos (father Giovanni Battista and son Giovanni Domenico), Longhi and Guardi alongside manuscripts from great composers such as Monteverdi and Vivaldi will win over art lovers to Venice’s many splendours.
Complementing the exhibition, a series of 20 concerts with period instruments will be held in the Museum’s Bourgie Hall. Divine delight for the senses!