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Venetian Art in NC

The North Carolina Museum of Art has a fantastic collection of Italian art, with a number of works that take me to Venice every time I go to Raleigh to visit the museum. A while back, I wrote about the Canaletto Capriccio painting in the collection; here are a few more.

This lovely Madonna and Child in a Landscape is by Cima da Conegliano, painted around 1499 while the artist was living in Venice. This painting was featured on a US Christmas stamp in 1993.


Veronese's The Baptism of Christ, painted in 1550-60~


The Grand Canal at the Palazzo Foscari, painted in 1740 by Michele Marieschi~

Grand Canal by Marieschi

This over-the-top painting makes me laugh every time I see it. It's The Triumph of Venice, painted in 1737 by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. A female figure representing Venice is driving the chariot pulled by two winged lions. Next to her is Renaissance doge Leonardo Loredan surrounded by a huge crowd of Roman Gods. You can glimpse the Palazzo Ducale in the background.


This work isn't Venetian or even Italian, but I think of Venice whenever I see it. The museum calls it Madonna of the Protective Cloak but to me, it's the Madonna della Misericordia whose image can be found all over Venice.

This wooden sculpture is about five feet tall, a German work circa 1470. It was given to the museum by NC tobacco company RJ Reynolds (go figure).

My photo has some glare from the glass case; the second image is better and is from the museum website. What a beauty!



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Comments (5)

Lovely! While reading your blog, I was wondering what made you think of Venice with the image of this Madonna! Interesting title for the picture - The Triumph of Venice - what was she triumphing over? Looks like she is reaching for the doge .. hmmm


Wow -- it looks like the NC collection has some fantastic pieces! It must make you feel as if you were right back in Venice!

When I was following the Piero della Francesca trail earlier this month, I came across several of the misericordia Madonnas, sheltering the faithful under her robes. Lovely.

NC sounds like it has its act together when it comes to the arts. Lucky you! I also laughed at the The Triumph of Venice painting. What was the artist thinking?

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I have to also say lucky you and NC for having such a wonderful collection of Italian art. They are all pretty amazing and I can see why they take you to Venice. The Triumph of Venice piece is pretty interesting.

Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful 4th of July Holiday weekend.


I saw another of Cima da Conegliano's paintings in the Uffizi a couple years ago and was captivated by the depth and colour. What a joy it must be to have this wonderful Italian art so close to home!

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