One of the most beautiful, romantic, touristic, photogenic and strange cities is Venice which was artificially “planted” into the lagoon. The praise of Venice has been sung by many of her famous children through literature and art.
Αt the Paris Museum Maillol a current exhibition is dedicated to Antonio Canal or Canaletto, a well-known Venetian landscape painter of the 18th century. His place of birth, the Most Serene Republic of Venice or La Serenissima, served as inspiration to the artist whose 50 works have been flown to Paris from all over the world. The exhibition will end on the 10th of February 2013. At the same time the Museum Correr in Venice celebrates the 300 year anniversary from the birth of Francesco Guardi’s. With another great exhibition another great painter from the same city is being honoured.
When one speaks of Venetian artists, one can’t of course ignore the most characteristic one, Pietro Longhi, who depicted scenes of the city’s everyday life and the Carnival, exaclty as Carlo Goldoni did with his pen.
Yet Venice hasn’t been only a source of inspiration for literary figures or painters of the 18th century. Even today people fall in love with the city, as happened to the American thriller novelist Donna Leon, who has lived there for over two decades. The city serves as background for her series of Commissario Brunetti mysteries. The books have been turned into a successful television series broadcasted by a popular german television network. The series may be entertaining, although the plot isn’t a big deal. However, the fact that they take place in Venice, gives them some added grace.