Exhibitions/ Italy Observed

Italy Observed: Views and Souvenirs, 1706–1899

October 12, 2010–January 2, 2011
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

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.