Culture Connect Featured Event
For over five centuries travelers have sought out the archaeological remains, architectural and artistic treasures, and natural wonders to be found in the Italian peninsula. Long before the various states of this region became unified into the modern nation of Italy, scholars, pilgrims, artists, and tourists traveled to the famous ancient and modern monuments of Rome, Venice, Florence and other cities, bringing back records of their visit in the form of paintings or prints. Already in the 16th and 17th centuries a lively trade in engravings and etchings existed and by the 18th century the tradition of vedute (view paintings or prints) was well established.
This exhibition begins with examples of the fully developed genre, including a panoramic city view and so-called “optical” prints, which were meant to be viewed through an apparatus designed to increase the illusion of depth. A technical and artistic high point in Roman vedute of this period is represented by the etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
The Venetian etchings of James McNeill Whistler, the 19th-century American ex-patriot, embody his more atmospheric and purely aesthetic approach. They were highly influential on later printmakers, who adopted many of Whistler’s compositional strategies as well as his experimental approach to etching.
Drawn entirely from the permanent collection of Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, this exhibition is an introduction to a fascinating artistic genre and to some of its most accomplished masters. It is also a tribute to the late John (Jack) Crockett, generous friend and donor to the Art Gallery, who served in Italy with the U.S. State Department.
The Art Gallery, in The Bruyette Athenaeum, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Monday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 860.231.5743.