From 29 May to 10 October, the Civic Museums of Bassano del Grappa offer Palladio, Bassano and the Bridge. Invention, history, myth, exhibition curated by Guido Beltramini, Barbara Guidi, Fabrizio Magani and Vincenzo Tiné.
The exhibition was promoted by the Municipal Administration of Bassano del Grappa to celebrate the conclusion of the long restoration of the Ponte Vecchio also known as the Ponte degli Alpini. "We look forward to the opening of this important exhibition" - declares the Mayor Elena Pavan -, "an exhibition that, in addition to making us retrace the fascinating history of this singular monument which has become a symbol of Bassano, is the first of a rich series of appointments aimed at celebrating his return to the city ».
Unlike most of the sixteenth-century architects, Palladio is an architect of bridges: bridges of stone, wood and paper. The latter are undoubtedly those that will have a more marked impact on the figurative culture of the following centuries: published on the pages of the Quattro Libri, the treatise published in Venice in 1570, they will become the protagonists of the dreams of the artists of the eighteenth century. Algarotti will ask Canaletto
to show him the Rialto bridge as Palladio had thought it, but also Bellotto, Carlevarijs and Piranesi will make bridges one of the privileged subjects of their views.
The exhibition will tell the myth of the bridge, but at the same time it will talk about a concrete and real bridge for 500 years, the Bassano bridge, designed by Palladio, destroyed and rebuilt several times in an epic that from the eighteenth century of Ferracina reaches the present of the 'Bridge of the Alpini '. The story of the exhibition will unfold from Palladio's original drawings, sixteenth-century books, ancient maps, eighteenth-century paintings, late nineteenth-century photographs, contemporary study models.