A bridge of art and beauty between Vicenza and Venice

Didattica Pietro Longhi
A new educational project inspired by an outstanding artist: the 18th-century Venetian maestro Pietro Longhi

Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari and Fondazione Querini Stampalia have launched In viaggio con Pietro Longhi (Traveling with Pietro Longhi)a special project for primary schools, with video materials and educational visits to the two museums to be set up as soon as the public health situation will permit it.

The guiding thread behind the project is the celebrated 18th-century Venetian artist Pietro Longhi, whose works – a journey back in time to the Venice of his day through portraits depicting the nobility and local people – are among the masterpieces from art collections on display at the two museums.

Two paintings have been chosen to weave a singularly fascinating story for primary school-age children: the elephant that arrived in Venice in 1774, part of the Vicenza collection, and its connections to a mysterious lady, whose face – hidden by a mask in the Vicenza painting – is revealed in a canvas from Palazzo Querini Stampalia’s art collection.

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The first part of the project is designed to be taught remotely, with video materials and a creative tutorial (available on request from the museum’s educational departments); the second part involves a guided tour enabling children to see the masterworks “in real life”, as soon as it will be allowed.

The videos and teaching resources can be requested free of charge from Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari:

or Fondazione Querini Stampalia:

In the same way, it will be possible to book a free guided tour for schools, as soon as the public health situation will permit it.

The project is part of a partnership between Intesa Sanpaolo and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, which has hosted the Bank’s artworks from the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia collections at its premises since November 2018, and is curated by Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari and Fondazione Querini Stampalia’s educational departments.

Video materials were produced by Zenit Arti Audiovisive.