"I think I have remained traditional in just one thing: in the love that must have been felt by Fra Angelico, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio when painting their Madonnas, with respect and religiously, with that same religion I feel when I declare my love of the Landscape...”

The show, curated by Giandomenico Romanelli and Franca Lugato, has the aim of shedding light on the emblematic and still little-studied figure of Wolf Ferrari. The exhibition consists of more than 60 works which allow us to enter the studio of this “poet of the landscape” and contemplate through paintings, watercolours, decorative panels, stained glass and studies for postcards, all now exhibited for the first time, the gentle hills that stretch from Asolo to Conegliano and the Grappa uplands, or darker and more disturbing scenarios that hold a deep feeling of mystery.

These are works that declare Wolf Ferrari’s own love of landscape, experimentation, and a wide variety of techniques. He was able to imbue Venice and Italy with European figurative ideas that, at the dawn of the twentieth century, inaugurated modernity and gave rise to the great avant-gardes Secessionist movements.

After his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice under the guidance of Guglielmo Ciardi, Wolf Ferrari went on to study in Munich where, in 1895, he came into contact with some of the most advanced and cosmopolitan Symbolist and Secessionist movements of the time. The exhibition layout ranges over the whole career of the artist, following a thematic line that includes various periods and experiences, from his view of Middle-European trends, with a fascinating section devoted to the theme of “storms”, to the latest Venetian art and the delicate autumnal walks from Grappa to the Piave. His art’s dialogue with such personalities as Otto Vermehren, Mario De Maria, Mariano Fortuny,Gino Rossi, and Ugo Valeri will, what is more, allow a reconstruction of the fabric of figurative relationships and visual networks within which the works were conceived: a new approach to the artist’s development.

This is a rare occasion for getting to know and (re)discovering an artist better known to specialists than to a wider public, an artist who not only gracefully portrayed nature, but also told the story of the transformation of Italian art on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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