Doge Pietro Grimani Carried into Piazza San Marco after his Election, 1741, Michele Marieschi. Galerie G. Sarti, Paris

Venice vs. Rome: A Capital Contest


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Pitting gilded gondolas against sumptuous coaches, Venice and Rome sought to surpass each other in staging the 18th-century's most spectacular festivals and celebrations. Peter Björn Kerber, curator of the exhibition Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe, explores the pictures Canaletto, Panini, and other leading painters produced to record these dazzling occasions.

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