Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice – Ashmolean Museum – Oxford Prospect

The recent Oxford University Ashmolean Museum Exhibition Drawing in Venice – Titian to Canaletto is a ground-breaking event in the history of art researches and offers a great artistic experience for Oxford’s citizens and visitors. It also brings voice to the discussion about the importance of drawings in art. Art masterpieces from Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, and Tiepolo to Canaletto are presenting the master and his followers relationships, spectacular results of their work and the secrets of their workshops. You can have a rare opportunity to look closely, how the famous painters were starting their painting by drawing the separate male and female figures from mini – sculpture models. The lines are exceptionally precise; a play of light and shadow let the masters to show the emotions with artist’s respect to reality and brilliant sensitivity. There are special environmental requirements for such a precious pearls of world and European art – you cannot see them in the full light but the catalogue contains the pictures on display together with the insight for the background notes. Titian to Canaletto exhibition is organised cooperatively by Ashmolean Museum – Oxford, Christ Church- Oxford and Uffizi Art Gallery in Florence. 7. Horse and Rider (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford 7. Horse and Rider (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford On Tiziano Vecellio (known as Titian) masterpiece (No.26) A horse and rider falling we can see dynamic body movements of both – a rider and a horse with the visible fear in the horse’s eyes end incredible rider’s balance – losing body balance. For the other hand, how interesting and intriguing is still for us Head of a youth by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (No.92) done with charcoal and white chalk on faded blue paper. We should also remember that Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (No.84) Lagoon view with the island Michele author, did draw as well Warsaw views and thanks of them restoration of Polish capital city Centre after II World War was possible. His photographic memory and artistic observation were the real treasure trove of knowledge about the past architecture and the city atmosphere

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