Project Description

(The Fortune-teller)
by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta Restored by Venetian Heritage

Curated by Giulio Manieri Elia

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
December 2018 – February 2019

Promoted by:
Ministero della Cultura – Direzione regionale Musei Veneto
Venetian Heritage

Venetian Heritage

The painting, one of Piazzetta’s most famous works, was purchased from the dealer Ehrenfreud in 1887 for the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
It is a charming country scene, painted at the end of a cycle which includes “The pastoral scene” (Chicago, The Art Institute) and “A walk in the country”, known in Italian as “L’idillio sulla spiaggia” (Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum). These paintings show peasant women and sheperds in a natural setting, celebrating the joys of love and every day country life.
The work, including the frame, was subject to two restorations prior to the present one, in the course of which, under a green twentieth-century overpainting, a rich decoration of gilded foliage was found.

Venetian Heritage was once again at the side of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in the preservation and promotion of its treasures, a project that came after many others, including: the purchase of works by Giorgio Vasari, the setting up of the rooms on the ground floor of the Gallerie, and, lastly, the restoration of a number of chalk statues kept in the Collezione Farsetti and in the Gallerie’s warehouses.