1 1 1 1 Renaissance carpets and paintings: the many precious stories at Ca' d'Oro Paintings such as carpets, rugs like paintings. Domestic subjects or necessary instrument of prayer, the carpet had already enchanted Marco Polo, who recounted its great beauty.

These precious artefacts were introduced in Europe from the East, and firstly in Venice, during the Renaissance period. The enchantment was given by the vivid colors and refined textures, decorated with geometric motifs and arabesques or nature-inspired designs. Already appreciated piece of furniture in the aristocratic homes, the carpet soon became an indispensable protagonist in paintings by masters such as Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Vittore Carpaccio, Hans Holbein, Lotto and Tintoretto. So much so that the name of some painters still uses to identify certain types of carpets, as for the Anatolian "Tintoretto", "Holbein", "Lotto."

This is just one of the stories revealed by exhibition "Serenissime Trame ("Threads of the Serenissima " refers to the Venetian Republic). Carpets from the Collection Zaleski and paintings of the Renaissance " is on exhibit until July 23 at the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti Ca d'Oro in Venice, with 26 carpets from the Near East chosen from the prestigious Zaleski collection, one the largest and most precious in the world.

Curated by Claudia Cremonini, Moshe Tabibnia and Giovanni Valagussa, produced by the Museum Pole of the Veneto and the Tassara Foundation of Brescia, the exhibition approaches to the four-sixteenth textiles, six paintings by Renaissance authors who enter the precious artifacts within sacred and profane representations. In "Portrait of a gentleman" (1550, Florence, Uffizi Gallery) by Francesco Beccaruzzi, the carpet in the foreground well presents the central octagonal motif decoration, allowing to recognize it as a "Holbein" in large designs like that of Zaleski collection exposed nearby.

In the fresco ripped and transposed on canvas by Vincenzo Foppa not surprisingly known as "Our Lady of the Carpet" (1485, Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera) towers on the windowsill a majestic carpet red background, while in the grotesque "Allegory of Hercules" (1540 , Florence, Uffizi Gallery) Dosso Dossi, the Anatolian carpet is possibly inserted as an exotic element.

Carpets in interior and exterior in the two canvases by Vittore Carpaccio "Visitation" (152-1504, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti) and "Birth of Mary" (1502-1504, Bergamo, Carrara Academy); the "Madonna of her umbrella" (1530, Verona, Castelvecchio Museum) by Girolamo dai Libri, the Virgin's throne base is coated with a "Lotto" carpet.

On either side of the pictorial here are two fine examples of the kind of gorgeous Zaleski collection. They are a joy to behold, the exposed textile works. And the show has many stories. Stories of religions, environments and places, collecting and patronage. Like Zaleski and the Franchetti themselves.

Location: Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca 'd'Oro, Cannaregio 3932, 30121 Venice

Dates of the exhibition: 23 March to 23 July 2017
Hours: Monday: 8:15 to 14:00 (ticket office closes at 13:30); Tuesday - Sunday: 8:15 to 19:15 (ticket office closes at 18:45), closed on May 1 Inputs: Galleries Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca 'd'Oro

(Exhibit and Museum):Full 13,00 euro; reduced 6,50 €; Special Concessions: € 11,00 (conventions) Galleries Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca 'd'Oro

(Exhibit and Museum) + Palazzo Grimani: Adults: € 14,50; Reduced: € 7.25; Special reduced price: € 12.50 (conventions)

From Piazzale Roma or Ferrovia vaporetto line 1, direction Lido, stop Ca 'D'Oro (around 10 minutes) From Piazza San Marco boat line 1, towards Piazzale Roma, stop at Ca' D'Oro (around 20 minutes)
Reservations: 041 / 5200345Il exhibition catalog is published by Marsilio Editori.

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