The largest view of Venice ever made: it is the one painted in 1887 by the Venetian painter and decorator Giovanni Biasin. Preserved in the collections of the ancient and prestigious Accademia dei Concordi in Rovigo, it is exhibited for the first time at the Querini Stampalia Foundation after the very recent conservative restoration which has recovered its original colors.
The dimensions of this singular document alone, a tempera on paper, are enough to underline its exceptional nature: just over one meter and seventy high, the view extends for twenty-two meters in length. More than a 'view' it is a 'panorama' of the city.
It is around this extraordinary work, not only in size, that the panoramic Venice exhibition develops. The discovery of the infinite horizon by Giandomenico Romanelli and Pascaline Vatin, promoted by the Querini Stampalia Foundation, the Accademia dei Concordi and the Cariparo Foundation, from 14 May to 12 September 2021.
Thanks to the Italian Cultural Institute in Moscow, the exhibition will be hosted in the autumn at the A. V. Schusev Museum of Architecture, demonstrating once again how Venice is a tireless engine of culture at an international level.
The exhibition project stems from the desire to present in Venice, over a century later, Biasin's highly original view of the city, but it is also an opportunity to reconstruct, through sixty-three engravings and paintings, that compelling journey that starts from tiny woodblock cartoons. fifteenth-century, concentrated almost only on Piazza San Marco, and gradually widens to ever wider glimpses of the Venice skyline, to embrace the entire horizon.