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.
Vue perspective du Sallon de l’Academie Royale de Peinture...
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Painting, in the Year 1771
Pietro Antonio Martini
Exposition au Salon du Louvre en 1787
Vue des Ouvrages de Peinture des Artistes Vivans...
Exhibition Room, Somerset House
La Tribune de la Galerie de Florence
Interieur du Grand Salon Carré du Louvre
William Powell Frith
The Private View at the Royal Academy in 1881