|A city with a painting around every corner.
|Manet's Olympia (left) and Titian's Venus of Urbino (right), together for the first time.
|The Balcony, 1868, Edouard Manet
|Two Venetian Ladies, 1490,
Though less visually compelling than his paintings, the show's exhibits featuring Manet's drawings and prints, which provides evidence of the artist doing his homework during his two trips to Venice in 1853 and again with his wife in 1874. The paintings occupy the private apartments of the doge on an upper level of the palace (no elevator). Beyond studying the influence Venetian art and artists had upon Manet, it's just as fascinating to study the impression the city itself made upon the artist. Moreover, in actually being there, experiencing some of what Manet experienced, it's amazing to observe all that has not changed in the nearly 150 intervening years between then and now. Manet painted the same landmarks I saw, all of which are virtually unchanged. He painted the canals, the bridges, the gondolas, St. Mark's Square, even some of the grand palaces which, even then, were starting to be converted to hotels.
|The Grand Canal of Venice (Blue Venice), 1874, Edouard Manet
Photo by Jim LaneWhat Manet would see today in St. Mark's Square.