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From 6 April and until 30 July, a show that celebrates artists’ love for the Bel Paese, curated by Elisabetta Nardinocchi and Matilde Casati.


The exhibition Souvenir d'Italie is a present to Italy, a country that has inspired many artists through out centuries with evocative natural and urban sceneries. These artists, locals and foreigners, have contributed to create and spread the idea of Italy, that still remains in the collective imaginary. The designs were made between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, suggesting encounters and conversations; taking everyone back home to Italy, specially those who had it as a second home. Like the French Claude Lorrain, or the venetian Francesco Guardi, who have paid a tribute to his country through art.

The representation of the peninsula weaves together the development of the landscape genre and the birth of vedutismo, and the designs in the show are proof of it. From San Pietro’s Veduta by Giovan Battista Naldini to Remigio Cantagallina’s Firenze -who was one of the first artists to ever understand landscape design as its own genre.
From Lorrain –who in the seventeenth century contributed to the creation of the dreamy Campagna Romana, to John Robert Cozens –who followed William Beckford across the Grand Tour.

The majority of the designs chosen for this exhibition are shown at Museo Horne for the first time. Among these, 4 out of the 10 designs from the famous vedutista Francesco Guardi and some watercolours from Thomas Little, English architect who visited Italy in the nineteenth century.  

Antonio Paolucci, Horne’s Foundation President, wrote in the catalogue’s launch: “After many shows dedicated to landscape, portrait and figure studies (including the restoration of pieces by Giandomenico Tiepolo, Raffaello and Rubens), today we present the designs that show us Italy through the artist’s eyes.”


Souvenir d’Italie. Drawings and watercolours from the Horne Collection
from April 6 until July 30
Open Monday to Sunday 10 am 2 pm: closed on Wednesday.

Every Saturday at 11 am free guided visits.  Information : +39 055 244661 








Published: 8/4/2019

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