What a splendid exhibit in splendid hôtel Donon, 8, rue Elzevir, 75003 meteo: Saint Paul
60 paintings plus the museum's own collection of Venetian XVIII paintings.
Pietro Longhi (1702-1785) always delights.
A festive Tiepolo oil with all the figure's backs turned watching a Carnival spectacle on a balcony.
A grand view of perhaps the annual gondala regatta by Francesco Guardi
Another Guardi at Saint marks, a 'veduta painting..large and spectacular. I hope this is a game with all those sticks..hmm
Also popular and much smaller, 'capriccio' paintings depicting imagined fantastical scenes
Often with ruins..
These are from the museum's collection and by Guardi or his 'school'.
A boaty scene..
I did a couple of 'capriccios' whilst in Venice a while back.
I forgot the ruins though...next time.
There are wonderfully painted mirrors as you enter to get you instantly into a festive mood.
If only the French would realize museum-goers do not like to bend low to read the descriptions. At least not this museum-goer. If only Alitalia had a desk so you could grab a ticket to Venice on the way out.
And if only Il Gelato del Marchese had a stand serving cappuccino and gelato.Time to dream of Venice and Carnival. Thanks for reading Parisbreakfast. If you like this post and want to support it, do buy Paris letters and watercolorsor forward to a friend.
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