Evaristo Baschenis, Still Life with Musical Instruments in an Interior, 1660s, Oil on canvas, Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York, Photo: Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York.
Evaristo Baschenis, Still Life with Musical Instruments in an Interior, 1660s, Oil on canvas, Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York, Photo: Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York.


The Golden Age of Art and Music

Feb 15, 2014 – May 11, 2014

The Portland Art Museum continues its commitment to and history of presenting great works of Italian art with this stunning exhibition exploring the golden age of art and music in the Republic of Venice, also referred to as “La Serenissima” or “the most serene.” Between the early 16th century and the fall of the Venetian Republic at the close of the 18th century, the great flourishing of the arts included innovative painters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Canaletto, and Guardi, as well as composers Willaert, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi who created the new musical forms of opera and the quartet. This spectacular exhibition explores the important interrelationships of the visual arts and music in the city’s civic ceremonies, festivals, and culture.

The great artists working in Venice not only reveled in depicting processions, concerts, and dance, but many were accomplished musicians themselves. Composers depended on artists for set designs and costumes, and the dramatic stories of operas were embraced by painters and sculptors.

This multidisciplinary exhibition is the first to explore the interaction between the visual arts, music, and political culture in Venice and will include paintings, prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures along with original period instruments and early music texts.

You won’t want to miss this celebration of Venetian art, music, and culture. The Portland Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this incredible international loan exhibition.

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Hilliard Goldfarb, Associate Chief Curator at the Montreal Museum; host curated by Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art.


Janet and Richard Geary

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Anonymous (2)

Laura S. Meier
Edythe and Eli Broad/Broad Art Foundation
Walter C. Hill and Family Foundation
The Mark Family
Prudence M. Miller
Andrée H. Stevens
Foundation for Italian Art and Culture
Dr. Alton and Celia Wiebe
Ameriprise Financial and Columbia Management

The Boeing Company
Mary Beth and Roger Burpee
The Jackson Foundation
Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.
Kathleen Lewis
John and Lisa Pritzker
Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Foundation
Nani S. Warren
Helen Jo and Bill Whitsell

Missy and Peter Bechen
Richard Louis Brown
Mary and Spencer Dick
Judy and Hank Hummelt
Dolorosa and David Margulis
Shirley Papé
Joseph and Shelley Voboril
Jim and Susan Winkler
Robert Trotman and William Hetzelson
Eduardo A. Vides, M.D.
European and American Art Council of the Portland Art Museum
Cascadia Foundation
Carol Ann and Kent Caveny
All Classical Portland
Dave Holt/Dalla Terra
City Center Parking

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The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
The Collins Foundation
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
William G. Gilmore Foundation
The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
Maribeth Collins Exhibition Endowment Fund
Sharon and Keith Barnes
Pat and Trudy Ritz
Arlene Schnitzer/The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Larry and Jane Viehl
The Standard
Mary C. Becker
Flowerree Foundation
The Wheeler Foundation
Exhibition Series Supporters
Virtual Information Executives
GridBox Media
Portland Monthly
NW Natural
Ziba Design
Oregon Arts Commission
The Regional Arts & Culture Council
Work for Art
Anonymous (2)

Ray Hickey Foundation
U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Foundation
William H. and Mary L. Bauman Foundation
Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Inc.
PGE Foundation