De Nittis exhibition in Padua

De Nittis in mostra a Padova

The most important exhibition ever realized on one of the protagonists of nineteenth century European painting. We are talking about the show dedicated to Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884) on the agenda in Padua, at Palazzo Zabarella until 26 May. The exhibition of the works of Giuseppe De Nittis consists of 120 masterpieces from renowned museums and Italian and French collections. From Petit Palais in Paris, to Musée Carnavalet in Paris, Pinacoteca De Nittis in Barletta, the Provincial Art Gallery “C. Giaquinto “in Bari, Gallery of Modern Art Pitti Palace in Florence, Gallery of Modern Art in Milan, or Capodimonte Museum of Naples, to name just a few. Another important contribution came from prestigious private collections of historical De Nittis collectors, from which the lesser-known paintings come from.

This is a unique chance to see some new works, some of them unknown to the art critics, others long absent from Italy such as those belonging to the cycle of views of London. London and Paris are the main subject for the artistic genius of this painter from Puglia who was able to stand comparison with Manet, Degas and the Impressionists. He shared with them, albeit through a different pictorial language, the aspiration to revolutionize the idea of ​​painting. De Nittis painted with the intention to undermine the genres hierarchy in order to redeem the autonomy of art: he did that working on the same subjects as the French, landscape, portrait and representation of modern life in the two cities. The essence of his art was in its ability to portray the spirit of the time in the privileged places of the modern mythology. His work collect both the hectic life that flowed along the boulevard or joyful in parks or sanctuaries of worldliness as racecourses or the famous salon of Princess Mathilde, and patterns of nature en plein air. His ability to identify with nature dates back to his training in Naples, the nature of the Apulian countryside and of the Vesuvius slopes, in the volatile atmosphere of seasons and times of day.

The painting exhibition is organized chronologically into sections. Even after he moved to Paris, where his house became a meeting point for the most famous intellectuals and artists of the time, De Nittis often returned to Naples. During these visits he painted the views of Vesuvius: tablets and small canvases that make up an extraordinary pictorial reportage, through a proceeding almost photographic, which has no equal in the Italian painting of the time.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Bano Foundation from Padua and the Antonveneta Foundation.

Bano Foundation – Palazzo Zabarella:

  • Via degli Zabarella 14, Padova
  • +39 049 8753100
  • [email protected]
  • Aperto tutti i giorni tranne il lunedì
  • Orari 9.30-19.00 (la biglietteria chiude 45 minuti prima)
  • Aperto lunedì 1 e 29 aprile
  • Ingresso: Euro 12 / Euro 9-6 (ridotto)

De Nittis - Ritorno dalla gara

De Nittis - Signora di Napoli

De Nittis - Faccia

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