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Italian Light: Skies and Waters - Exhibition



Italian Light: Skies and Waters   - Exhibition

Italian Light: Skies and Waters


Opening July, 20  at 6PM


On view from July, 21  to September 14, 2022

Monday through Friday 10:00AM  to 4:00PM


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 Guglielmo Ciardi, Laguna di Venezia (Venice Lagoon), Oil on cardboard, 11.2 x 15.8 in.


Continuing the tradition of exhibiting great works of Italian art and culture to the American public, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York proudly presents: Italian Light: Skies and Waters, an exhibition that showcases landscape paintings -  from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries - by different Italian schools and movements that have in common an exemplary use of light.

Curated by Marco Bertoli, established Art Advisor and promoted by Fabio Finotti, the exhibition project aims to investigate the study of light while painting landscapes. "The exhibition - says Marco Bertoli - will be a journey through time tracing the progression of the painters and styles, highlighting the key themes: the predilection for painting from life - en plein air – and the study of the rendering the atmosphere and the singularities of light and color. From the premises established in the 1860s within the School of Resina, on through the innovative experience of the French Impressionism, arriving at the symbolist landscapes, up to the birth of Divisionism.

The vibrancy of the rural landscapes by Federico Rossano and Francesco Lojacono, the poetic atmospheric views by Antonio Fontanesi, the views of Venice by Guglielmo Ciardi are just some of the pictures that guide the visitor through the 24 works, on loan from prominent Italian private collections. The study of light continues with the works of Giuseppe De Nittis, with two exceptional paintings that illustrate his study of light and his way of instantly translating reality onto canvas. The exhibition also includes two late 19th century works by Gaetano Previati, the most lyrical and visionary Pointillist painter. Among the works of the early twentieth century are examples by Angelo Morbelli, Cesare Maggi and Guido Cinotti, where the landscape becomes a pretext for the interpretation of light and its refractions.

“The Italian painters of the nineteenth century showed extraordinary curiosity in exploration of time and space. They practiced painting en plein air and studied usage of light in the works of the of Old Masters, comparing it to light as explored by modern science”– Professor Fabio Finotti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute.

Italian light: Skies and Waters is the fourth exhibition curated by Marco Bertoli at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. It follows previous exhibitions I Macchiaioli in 2014, The Light of Southern Italy in 2015, and Memories of Serenissima in 2017.


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Date: Da Thursday, July 21, 2022 a Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC-NY

In collaboration with : Marco Bertoli Art Consulting

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - NY