On display the 200 original photo-etchings of Venice from Ongania 's collection Calli and Canals and Calli, Canals and Islands in the Lagoon.
Until November 2nd 2014 the National Museum of Villa Pisani
presents the exhibition “Light on Venice: Discovering Nineteenth-century Photography
”. On display 200 precious photo-etchings
, priceless nineteenth-century originals that conserve a faithful record of the lagoon city. Ferdinando Ongania
’s masterpiece “Calli and Canals and Calli, Canals and Islands in the Lagoon
” is exhibited in its entirety for the first time.
200 pictures record the majestic palazzos mirrored in the venetian waters as well as the monumental areas of the city which have become famous thanks to the great art of Canaletto
and the others artists of the Vedutismo
. You may appreciate not only the most iconic landmarks of Venice
like St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs, the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge
, but also other less famous hidden corners such as Santa Marta or San Pietro di Castello, captured by the eyes of these great artists of the XVIII-XIX century.
With no doubts, Ferdinando Ongania
was the greatest publisher to work in Venice
in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a brilliant heir of the typographical tradition of the famous Aldo Manuzio
. He gave a significant contribution to photography
that was considered a science in that period, a contribution to consolidate his development as a real urban portraiture. Moreover, Ferdinando Ongania has been the first to conceive and start a photography project about Venice in a period characterized by an heated debate about the preservation and restoration of the city and its monuments. The project constitutes the first important photo collection of that time.
April-September: from 9am to 8pm
October 1st to November 2nd: from 9am to 5pm
Closed on Monday
Villa + Garden + Exhibition
Full € 10 — Reducted (18-25 years) € 7,50
Free entrance under 18 and over 65