Giuseppe De Nittis – Exhibition at Palazzo Zabarella Padova in Veneto Italy

Palazzo Zabarella in Padua hosts the most important exhibition ever devoted to Giuseppe De Nittis, one of Europe’s undisputed nineteenth-century painters.

120 masterpieces of Giuseppe De Nittis and 19th century italian painting coming from the most prestigious italian and french museums are displayed in this great exhibition, that takes place from 19 January to 26 May 2013.

Curated by Emanuela Angiuli and Fernando Mazzocca, the event organised by the Bano Foundation of Padua and the Antonveneta Foundation represents a further stage in the ten-year programme of exhibitions about nineteenth-century Italian art whose previous milestones have included Hayez, Boldini, Signorini, the Macchiaioli painters and Symbolism in Italy, among others.

The exhibition will turn over a new leaf in the studies and international attention devoted to the important Apulian painter, in part by recuperating several works that were not shown in Paris in the 2010 exhibition, some of which were still unknown to the critics, while others left Italy many years ago, including the ones that number among the cycle of views of London.

The works on show are being loaned by some of the leading museums of France, including the Petit Palais and the Carnavalet Museum in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts in Rheims, and by Italy’s most important museums and public galleries: in addition to the De Nittis Gallery in Barletta, home to the unique collection of paintings left in the artist’s studio after his premature death, the list of lenders also includes the C. Giaquinto Provincial Painting Gallery in Bari, the Palazzo Pitti Gallery of Modern Art in Florence, the Frugone Collection in Genoa, the Milan Gallery of Modern Art, the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, the Ricci Oddi Gallery of Modern Art in Piacenza, the Revoltella Civic Museum – Gallery of Modern Art in Trieste and the International Gallery of Modern Art at Ca’ Pesaro in Venice. A significant contribution has also been made by several prestigious collections, longstanding collectors of De Nittis, which are loaning the lesser-known works, absolute masterpieces made accessible to the general public especially for this occasion.

The international stature enjoyed by De Nittis – together with Boldini the greatest of the Italiens de Paris – is due to the fact that he succeeded in bearing comparison with Manet, Degas and the Impressionists, with whom he shared not a language of painting, but the aspiration to revolutionise the idea of painting itself, once and for all derailing the hierarchy of established genres and heading towards the independence of art that is a founding principle of modernity. He also tackled the same issues as his French peers: landscape, portraiture and modern life, captured in De Nittis’ case in the streets of the two great cities that were the world capitals of art and cosmopolitanism in his day: Paris and London.

The exhibition will highlight the unique style of Giuseppe De Nittis who was so much more capable than almost all his contemporaries in reflecting the spirit of his age, capturing it from the exceptionally favourable vantage point of Paris in the period when the Second Empire was drawing to a close and the Third Republic was embarking on a new fin-de-siècle high society.

Between 1864 and 1884, the artist painted a series of masterpieces, on show in Padua, depicting locations identifiable with the legend of modernity. What De Nittis consistently managed to capture in the extraordinary adventure of his painting career was the motifs both of nature painted en plein air – from the countryside of Apulia or the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to the banks of the Seine and the Thames – and of life as it bustled busily along the Parisian boulevards or enjoyed leisure in the city’s parks or the preserves of high society, such as the racecourse or the celebrated salon kept by Princess Mathilde Bonaparte.

Furnishing a detailed reconstruction of the artist’s critical fortunes, based on such exceptional evidence as De Nittis’ own memories and his friend Edmond de Goncourt’s celebrated Journal, the exhibition catalogue – published by Marsilio – sets out to explain the reasons for his success in the international art market and among major collectors, but also on the scene of the exclusive high society that responded to his charm as a host and to his ability to entertain, by making his Parisian home a rendezvous for artists and intellectuals of the calibre of Zola, Oscar Wilde, Daudet, Dumas fils, the Goncourt brothers, Manet and Degas.

For information or reservation: Tel. (+39) 049 8753100

Padua is less than 30 minutes far from Venice, in the hearth of Veneto Region.

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