Closing Soon: A Life of Seduction – Venice in the 1700s

A splendid exhibition of 18th century Venetian painting, fashion, and various ephemera closes soon at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Entitled “A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s,” the exhibition offers an array of art and artifacts, including Carnival masks, puppets and an elegant gondola finial, to reveal the spectacle and splendor of Venice in the 18th century. 

Giandomenico Romanelli, the former director of the Museums of Venice, served as a guest curator of the installation, which features an array of works from mostly Italian collections, some of which are on view in the United States for the first time. 

“A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s” is on view until 21 May. More information on the exhibition is available on the museum’s website

Gabriel Bella, Fat Tuesday Festivities in the Piazzetta, before 1792. Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. 

Pietro Longhi, The Perfume Seller, 1750-1752. Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Ca’ Rezzonico – Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Venice.

A view of the installation, with the paired Bauta masks from the late 18th century, courtesy of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Ca’ Rezzonico – Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Venice,  in the foreground. 

Posted by Alexis Culotta 

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