Italy Observed

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Special Exhibition: Italy Observed: Views and Souvenirs, 1706–1899

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Curator Dita Amory captures the Grand Tour of Italy via the Met’s rich holdings, including paintings of Venetian life, a Neapolitan drawings album documenting the 1794 eruption of Vesuvius, and marketed souvenirs such as teapots, spoons, fans, and pocket watches.

Italy Observed

Views and Souvenirs, 1706–1899

October 12, 2010–January 2, 2011

This installation assembles the rich holdings of Italian vedute collected by Robert Lehman. From paintings of Venetian life by Luca Carlevaris to a Neapolitan album of gouache drawings documenting the eruption of Vesuvius in 1794 to sketches and watercolors of Italian antiquities by visitors on the Grand Tour, the exhibition captures the artist's romantic attraction to Italy and its irresistible Roman heritage. Joining the selection are marketed souvenirs—teapots, spoons, fans, and pocket watches—from the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.