Colnaghi’s history is inextricably linked with works on paper, with some of the most prestigious drawings to have been on the market passing through the firm’s hands. This exhibition celebrates the firm´s legacy, displaying important drawings from the last five centuries in juxtapositions which will reveal a continuity of practice throughout time, as well as giving vivid insights into the differing functions and techniques of drawing and the vital role that it played in the creation of art.
The Department's holdings include notable examples of Pre-Columbian, Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, European Bronze Age—as well as every period of Classical Antiquity from the earliest Greek Neolithic and Cycladic to the late Roman Empire and the subsequent Byzantine epoch. Believing in an interdisciplinary approach to Antiquities, we host innovative exhibitions that showcase ancient art and artefacts next to Old Master Paintings and contemporary works.
The Abbazia di San Gregorio was originally built in the 9th century as a Benedictine Abbey. Located centrally on the Grand Canal, near Santa Maria della Salute, it was restored in the early 20th century and includes architectural and decorative features spanning more than 1,000 years. Set amidst its medieval architecture, and the expanse of rooms centered around an impressive courtyard, the installation aims to encapsulate the timeless spirit of the Grand Tourist and illustrate the lifestyle of a modern-day collector.