in black and white
The Art of Printmaking
in Venice (1494–1615)
Two venues, one large exhibition. From 2 March to 23 June 2024 at the Museo Civico di Bassano del Grappa, and from 8 March to 3 June 2024 at Ca’ Rezzonico - Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Renaissance in Black and White. The Art of Printmaking in Venice (1494-1615) will be open to the public. This is an exhibition dedicated to the “felicitous black lines” of Venetian engraving and to the veritable revolution that was the invention and spread of printing, a momentous phenomenon that swept through Europe and transformed Venice into an indisputable crossroads of artistic experience, generating some of the most fascinating achievements of the entire Renaissance.

Curated by Giovanni Maria Fara and David Landau, two of the world’s leading scholars of the art of engraving, and by an authoritative academic committee, the exhibition features more than 180 graphic masterpieces by major Renaissance artists in both venues, including Andrea Mantegna, Albrecht Dürer, Jacopo de' Barbari, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Cornelis Cort, Agostino Carracci and Giuseppe Scolari.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by the impressive academic catalogue Renaissance in Black and White. The Art of Printmaking in Venice (1494-1615), published in Italian and English, which brings together authors of international renown to offer an important update for studies in the field.

The exhibition will immerse visitors in the monochromatic world of the print thanks to a spectacular and engaging set-up, conceived for the Museo Civico di Bassano by theatre director Andrea Bernard, winner of the European Opera Director Prize in 2015.

An evocative exhibition celebrating a refined and surprising art that was able to dialogue with and even influence the achievements of painting, as if one mirrored the other.

Let the Director accompany you to visit the Renaissance in Black and White. The Art of Printmaking in Venice (1494-1615) by listening to the free audio guide. Bring your headphones and immerse yourself in a guided tour of the exhibition: the audio guide can be downloaded via QR Code at the ticket office of the Museo Civico and at the entrance to the exhibition, or you can find it already available, ready to be saved at the link.

Promoted and organized with Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia e Save Venice, Inc.
With the patronage of Regione del Veneto and Etra S.p.A.
In collaboration with Soprintendenza archeologia belle arti e paesaggio per le province di Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza and Soprintendenza Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per il Comune di Venezia e Laguna
With the support of Fondazione Banca Popolare di Marostica Volksbank and Fondazione Giuseppe Roi Onlus
Art Bonus patron for the educational project Visto…si stampi! Fondazione Cariverona


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