Conegliano: Palazzo Sarcinelli Carpaccio – Vittore and Benedetto Carpaccio From Venice To Istria exhibition. In the Prosecco hillside town of Conegliano, at Palazzo Sarcinelli, until June 28, the exhibition Carpaccio – Vittore and Benedetto from Venice to Istria, curated by Giandomenico Romanelli. The exhibition investigates the last ten years of the activity of Vittore Carpaccio (1515-1525), which marks an important turning point, in the poetry of the man, who is considered the forerunner of Venetian painting and the greatest storyteller and vedutista. The exhibition also presents under a new light the works of Benedetto, Vittore’s son, which collect, in a certain sense, his father’s heritage. Almost unknown, Benedetto was a real surprise.
Above. Vittore Carpaccio - Leone Marciano, 1516 - oil on canvas - Venezia - Palazzo Ducale. The Lion of Saint Mark has always been the symbol and image of Venice. Portrayed here walking with its front feet on the mainland and back feet in the water: an explicit allusion to the Serenissima’s rule over land and sea and the amphibious nature of the Republic.
Curator of the exhibition - Giandomenico Romanelli
Carpaccio – Vittore and Benedetto Carpaccio From Venice To Istria. The exhibition follows Vittore Carpaccio in his moves between the northern borders of the Republic and the vibrant Istrian region, in search of a surprising, final artistic code. It was a period of excellent, original works such as the Pozzale di Cadore Altarpiece (above), the Meeting of Anne and Joachim for the church of San Francesco in Treviso, the Triptych of Saint Fosca, the Franciscan Pirano Altarpiece, the organ shutters for Capodistria (Koper) cathedral and numerous others.
Above. Vittore Carpaccio – Madonna in Trono Col Bambino, Angelo Musicante, Santi Tommaso Apostolo, Dionisio Vescovo, Rocco, Sebastiano. Also known as Pala di Pozzale – oil on canvas – 1519 Pozzale – Chiesa di San tommaso Apostolo.
Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle - Madonna in Trono col Bambino e Santi di Vittore Carpaccio - Pozzale di Cadore - graphite drawing entirely re-traced in ink – Venezia – Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
Photograph curtesy Palazzo Sarcinelli
Carpaccio – Vittore and Benedetto Carpaccio From Venice To Istria. A profound cultural and political crisis took place between the end of the 15th century and the first quarter of the 16th: wars, changes of international alliances, frenetic diplomacy, artistic research, heresies and inquisitions. Carpaccio was caught up in this atmosphere; indeed, he was profoundly influenced by it as revealed by the several updates in his painting. But a new season was also ripening, a more dramatic and agitated age, more temporal and impartial, that saw important young figures like Giorgione, Titian, Lotto, Pordenone and Sebastiano del Piombo coming onto the art scene. Carpaccio squared up to the new century by also subjecting his own language to a kind of test, of refinement and verification.
Above. Vittore Carpaccio – San Giorgio e il Drago – 1516 – oil on canvas – Venezia – Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore.
Art Historian - Augusto Gentili
Carpaccio – Vittore and Benedetto Carpaccio From Venice To Istria. The great master’s work was to be continued by his workshop with paintings that were inspired by his or were genuine reformulations of them, until his son Benedetto asserted himself, becoming a fully fledged Istrian artist. A painter of unmistakable naive intonations and bright colors, Benedetto interpreted a gradual change in the style of his father and will be an enjoyable surprise in this exhibition.
Above - left. Benedetto Carpaccio – Madonna in Trono col Bambino tra i Santi Bartolomeo e Tommaso (and detail) – 1538 – Trieste, Civico Museo Sartorio.
Above - right. Benedetto Carpaccio - Adorazione del Nome di Gesu e i Santi Giovanni Battista, Francesco d’Assisi, Bernardino da Siena e Paolo Apostolo – 1541 oil on canvas – Gemona del Friuli, Santuario di Sant’Antonio.
President of the Civita Tre Venezie - Emanuela Bassetti
Carpaccio – Vittore and Benedetto Carpaccio From Venice To Istria. Battista Agnese - Carta Corografica dell’Italia – 1550 circa – Venezia Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Museo Correr.