Virgilio Guidi, master of light and space

The largest anthological exhibition in the city dedicated to the painter opened its doors on 17 September in Venice Virgilio Guidi, born in Rome and Venetian by adoption. 

One of the distinguishing features of its production is the ability to combine the Renaissance light with the Venetian one, which contrast ideal with reality. The color shades usually used are always full of light, that one light which makes the shapes of the painted subjects soft and sinuous, a detail that can be found, for example, in the domes of churches, in the buildings that emerge from the water or in the profiles of people. The same light that gives an unmistakable quality to Venetian marines, which represent an unknown, unexpected and different city compared to the stereotypes usually painted.


The combination of shape / color, that characterized the painting of Cezanne and Renoir, is transformed with Guidi into the trinomial shape / color / light, which in some paintings also acquires the concept of space. Lthe light beats right in the space of some representations of the lagoon, such as the Giudecca, Piazza San Marco or the profile of the Salute.
All images floating in one light bath they are never grainy or rarefied but compact and governed by geometry, which is the inspiring principle of all Guidi's production.

The exhibition, included in the official program on the occasion of the 1600th anniversary of the foundation of Venice, consists of 220 works exhibited in three locations: the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Palazzetto Tito and the Ca 'D'Oro.

In the headquarters of the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Piazza San Marco, eighty masterpieces dating back to the early 10s of the last century are exhibited. The exhibition presents the interiors and figures of the 1920s, to continue with the Roman landscapes and the Brenta landscapes of those years up to the Venetian regions of the late 1920s. Continuing, we meet the figures of the thirties and forties up to the works of Spatialism post-war Venetian with the cycles of Rising Figures, the Riots, the Ancient Skies, the Zenithal Seas, without neglecting the famous Baronesses, and then concluding with the last great works of the Bianco su Bianco of the late seventies. 

The headquarters of Palazzetto Tito houses a selection of paintings from the last 30 years of Guidi's production, along with a selection from the important Sonino collection, composed mainly of marines.

The exhibition continues at Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at the Ca 'd'Oro where there are some still lifes from the 1910s, the Carabinieri at the turn of 1920, the Painter in the open air of 1924, the Man who reads from 1927 and some San Marco Basins, also from the late 1920s. 

The exhibition is curated by Stefano Cecchetto, Giovanni Granzotto and Dino Marangon and will remain open until January 7, 2022.

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