From 5 September 2019 until 1 March 2020 the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presents 'From Titian to Rubens. Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish Collections', an exhibition curated by Ben Van Beneden, director of Rubenshuis in Antwerp. The magnificent Doge’s apartments will be transformed into veritable ‘constkamers’, rooms filled with exquisite art demonstrating the riches of Flemish collections.
Featuring masterpieces by artists including Titian, Tintoretto, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Michiel Sweerts, the exhibition offers a dazzling array of works, and the finest group of Italian and Flemish art to come to Italy.
These masterpieces from Flemish collections, both public and private, are rarely lent and some have never, until now, been shown in public.
A special section of the exhibition will be devoted to Flemish star composer Adriaan Willaert who settled permanently in ‘la Serenissima’ to become Maestro di Cappella of the Basilica di San Marco in 1527. It was Willaert who founded the celebrated Venetian School of music that was to instruct, amongst others, Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi.
The exhibition is organized by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, in collaboration with Flemish Community, Città di Anversa, Visit Flanders.
Image: Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), 'Portrait of a Lady and Her Daughter’ ca. 1550, oil on canvas, 88.3 x 80.6 cm, image: KIK-IRPA