Project Description

Restoration of the painting L’Indovina,
Giovan Battista Piazzetta, 1740

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

project
restoration of the painting L’Indovina
by Giovan Battista Piazzetta, 1740

location
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

project director
Giulio Manieri Elia

contractor
Giulio Bono, Venice

funding
Arthur Libera and Roger Thomas;
David and Patty Schwartz;
Venetian Heritage

start date
April 2018

end date
December 2018

cost
€ 45.846,19

Giovan Battista Piazzetta was one of the great stars of Venetian painting in the 18th century, one of the greatest representatives of the chiaroscuro current, which placed great emphasis on the contrast between light and darkness and the dramatic quality of the characters. Piazzetta was also an important illustrator and draughtsman. The painting L’indovina, one of Piazzetta’s greatest works, was acquired for the collections of the museum of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in 1887 from the merchant Eherenfreud.
The painting is generally in good condition, but its visual impact is poor due to the presence of a thick layer of dirt which adheres strongly to the varnish.
The current restoration will make visible the original chromatic intensity, characterized by an intense chiaroscuro, allowing us to perceive once again the incredible pathos of the work.