Written by Dara Larocque on 02.02.14

Splendore a Venezia translates into splendor in Venice, a place most of us have only heard of from distant travelers and documentaries, depicting its magical beauty. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts recently presented an innovative exhibition space exploring the unique relationship of music and art in Venice during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. Between October 12th 2013 and January 19th 2014 works from numerous prestigious collections invited viewers to be submerged in the visual and audio experience of life in Baroque Venice. Containing approximately 120 pieces in the collection and comprised of several rooms, each room with its own accompanying piece of music, this exhibition was a complete sensorial experience. A musical audio guide was available through request, which allowed the viewer to listen to music directly related to each piece of art or one of the numerous instruments on display. The exhibition included works by Titian, Tintoretto and Canaletto, a handful of artists who participated in and documented the rich musical aspects of Venetian life, as well as featured music by Venetian composers Lotti, Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Under the direction of curators Nathalie Bondil and Hilliard T.Goldfarb, the collection magically displayed Venice’s opulent musical and artistic influences throughout the Baroque period,, captivating and transporting the audience to the city on the lagoon. For those who missed Splendore a Venezia, we invite to follow their website closely for any announcement for their next exhibition.

Tickets are accessible online or on site.
Children under 12 – Free
Persons 13-30 – $12
Persons 31 and over – $20

The museum also has special rate on Wednesday evenings and for VIP members;
visit www.mbam.qc.ca for more details.

1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5
(514) 285-2000

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