Art: Edouard Manet’s Italian soul on show in Venice

(by Kate Carlisle) (ANSAmed) – VENICE – While 19th-century French realist Edouard Manet’s love for Spanish art is well documented, curators in Venice have decided to turn the spotlight towards Italy and focus on the heavy influence of the Italian Renaissance on his work. An exhibit at the city’s monumental Doge’s Palace from April 24 to August 18 takes a surprising approach to the artist who is credited with bridging the gap between Realism and Impressionism in the mid-to-late 1800s. ‘Manet, Ritorno a Venezia’ (Manet, Return to Venice) will treat visitors to a collection of paintings from the Musee’ d’Orsay, which also helped to organize the expansive exhibit. Some of the works are leaving the Paris museum, which boasts the largest Manet collection in the world,

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