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The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century

January 29 – April 23, 1995
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 60 through 79

Francesco Guardi, The Fortress of San Andrea from the Lagoon, 1775/1785, pen and brown ink with brown wash over black on laid paper, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1963.15.13

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 241 paintings, drawings, prints, and illustrated books came from the National Gallery and public and private collections in Europe and Canada. The installation, the first major international exhibition in the United States to celebrate Venetian art of the period, included religious subjects, landscapes, portraits, history paintings, allegories, architectural fantasies, and studies for decorative arts.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Andrew Robison, Andrew W. Mellon senior curator at the National Gallery of Art, selected and coordinated the exhibition. Norman Rosenthal and Jane Martineau from the Royal Academy of Arts, and Sir Michael Levey, former director of the National Gallery, London, also contributed to the conception of the exhibition.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by a grant from Mobil Corporation. It was also supported by the National Gallery's Fund for the International Exchange of Art and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 349,518

Catalog: The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century, edited by Jane Martineau and Andrew Robison. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1994.

Brochure: The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1995.

Other Venues: Royal Academy of Arts, London, September 15, 1994–December 14, 1995