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.


PRESENTING SPONSORS: Janet and Richard Geary MAJOR SPONSORS: The Standard Wells Fargo Anonymous (2) DOGE’S GOLD CIRCLE: 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 DOGE’S SILVER CIRCLE: 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 Anonymous DOGE’S BRONZE CIRCLE: 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 Anonymous MEDIA SPONSORS: KGW KINK FM The Oregonian EXHIBITION SERIES SPONSORS: 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) EDUCATION SPONSORS: KeyBank 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