Exhibitions

Pieces recreating the first public art exhibitions: Salons at the Louvre and organized exhibitions at London's Royal Academy. The images evoke a trascendental artistic and sociological event that took place in the main European art capitals of the XVIII century. In general terms, very few works of art were created with the purpose of acting as visual evidence of historical facts. Nevertheless, Pietro Antonio Martini's engravings with the Louvre's Salon and the 1787 Royal Academy Exhibition as subjects aspired to be images of contemporary deeds, and in some aspects constitute a notably accurate visual equivalent to both events. This section is dedicated to the graphic image of the exhibitions of contemporary artists but also includes some examples that relate to the first museums, in which rooms the art of the old masters was shown.