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Art in the 18th century

St Mark's Square by Canaletto

St Mark's Square by Canaletto

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During the 18th century the Serenissima was in a bad way, due to military and economic losses. Venice, step by step, reduced its territories. Nevertheless, painting had a formidable new growth. Private funding replaced Government funding. Glorification of the aristocracy thus replaced glorification of the Republic. In this period, important painters like Canaletto, Guardi and Tiepolo found great success.

Venetian architecture took inspiration from Andrea Palladio. A new style was created to contrast the Baroque and its skilful forms. Architecture had to be more functional, essential and based on elegance. In short, it had to be in a classical style.

The most influential spokesmen of this new artistic style were Algarotti and LodoliPalazzo Grassi-Stucky is a remarkable example. It's the most important work of Massari. It is based on the traditional concept of the Venetian palace, but according to a classical style.


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