Bernardo Bellotto 1740 | A Journey to Tuscany
Location: Fondazione Centro Studi Ragghianti, Complesso monumentale di San Micheletto – Via San Micheletto 3, Lucca
Hours: from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
Prezzo: **Reduced price tickets € 5 for the holders of the Photolux Festival 2019 ticket
BERNARDO BELLOTTO 1740 | A JOURNEY TO TUSCANY
curated by Bożena Anna Kowalczyk
Bernardo Bellotto 1740. Viaggio in Toscana (12 October 2019 – 6 January 2020) it’s the great exhibition of the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca, curated by Bożena Anna Kowalczyk and dedicated to the Venetian painter Bernardo Bellotto (1722-1780), nephew of Canaletto. The artist had his own training in the Canaletto’s workshop when the latter was at the height of his fame, at the end of the thirties of the eighteenth century. Bellotto absorbed patterns and compositional techniques from his uncle with such an ability of emulation as to deceive his contemporaries themselves. The legacy of the master is the basis of all his work, but as soon as the young Bellotto began to travel outside Venice – and his stay in Tuscany represents his first and fundamental journey –, he developed his own expressive style in an original way, emphasizing the perspective rigor and the realism of the representation.
On the occasion of the exhibition, the Fondazione Ragghianti and Photolux commissioned to two young European photographers to give a contemporary gaze of the same places seen by Bellotto in 1740, almost three centuries after the works realized by the Venetian painter.
The two selected photographers, Jakob Ganslmeier (Munich, 1990) and Jacopo Valentini (Modena, 1990) has worked in residency in Lucca for a week, where they both produced a project that aimed to interpret the spaces and architectures of the city through an original narrative. The works will be exposed at the end of the exhibition path as a contemporary appendix, in order to provide new tools for the understanding of topography and urban landscape of the city of Lucca.