Project Description

L’indovina, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, 1740
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Project
Restoration of the painting L’Indovina, Giovanni 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
Aprile 2018

End date
Dicembre 2018

Cost
45.846,19 €

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta was one of the major stars of Venetian painting in the eighteenth century and a great representative of the chiaroscuro movement.
In 1887 the Gallerie dell’Accademia acquired L’Indovina, considered one of Piazzetta’s greatest works. The painting suffered marked aesthetic unevenness from thick layers of superficial dirt and a layer of varnish that oxidized over time.
The restoration, made possible by the generosity of Arthur Libera and Roger Thomas, and David and Patty Schwartz, corrected the depth and color balance of the painting, enabling viewers to appreciate Piazzetta’s extraordinary technique.
The painting’s frame was also restored to its original splendor where a green twentieth-century overpainting had covered the gilded decorative foliage.