From 16 October 2010 to 31 January 2011

The group of the Allegories of Bellini at Palazzo Grimani

Palazzo Grimani in Campo SantaMaria Formosa, which has been just re-opened to the public, continues with its cycle of exhibitions dedicated to the protagonists of the Italian art. The exhibition on Giorgione has been extended until 1st November even though his well known painting ‘The Storm’ will be moved to the Civic Museums of Eremitani in Padua from 16th October.

Nevertheless it will be replaced by a stunning collection of Giovanni Bellini’s allegories, which reiterates the same theme represented by Giorgione’s “The Old Lady” still exposed together with “The Naked” by Giorgione inside the marvelous rooms of Palazzo Grimani.

The group of allegories made up of: the Allegory of Melancholy (or fickle Luck), Allegory of Vanity, Allegory of Lust and Allegory of Malicious gossip (or Slander) by Giovanni Bellini, dates back to the early sixteenth century and was part of a cabinet with mirror fortoiletry items. Usually this type of furniture was decorated with moralizing allegories in order to redeem their frivolous destination. The ensemble is completed by the Allegory of Fortune, attributed to Andrea Previtali, that probably belonged to another piece of furniture or could have replaced, here, a lost one.

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