26 June, 2008

Venetian Cityscape Prints

VENETIAN CITYSCAPE PRINTS : A virtual exhibition by the Department for Image Science

In June the virtual exhibition *VENETIAN CITYSCAPE PRINTS*: A cicerone through the Venice of the early 18th century* developed by the Department for Image Science from the inventory of the Goettweig Monasteries Graphic Collection opens containing views of famous Venetian palaces, churches and town squares as well as reproduction engravings of important Venetian paintings by artists like Tizian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

Many artists produced their art works for the first time with the aid of the contemporary innovation *camera ottica*, a kind of wide-angel-lens that makes accessible, compared to the human eye, a wide field of vision of the squares, palaces and churches realistically visible. In this way the cityscape prints possess a documentary nature of Venices building history. Often the engravings are the only witness of the former look of the world-famous lagoon city before radical modification or demolition. The exhibition which is accompanied by texts of Werner Telesco also includes views of prominent memorials: Doge's palace, San Marco, Piazzetta, S. Giorgio Maggiore, Santa Maria della Salute, Rialto bridge and Arsenal. The main message of the *Vedute Ideate* is the effect of memory, the faithful documentation of Venetian main monuments that serves as remarkable testimonial of Venetian self depiction at the beginning of the 18th century.

The image database, which is result of the co-operation between the Department for Image Science, Danube University and the Goettweig Monastery is free for scientific use. High resolution Digital Fine Art Prints can be ordered from the Department for Image Science.



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