De' Visi Mostruosi e Caricature.

From Leonardo da Vinci to Bacon

Venice, Palazzo Loredan
28 gennaio - 27 aprile 2023

An extraordinary and alienating exhibition between deformed faces, anatomical exaggerations, physiognomic investigations, caricatural figures and galleries of human characters.

“De’ visi mostruosi non parlo, perché senza fatica si tengono a mente” (I am not speaking of monstrous faces, because they are easily kept in mind), as we read in Leonardo da Vinci’s records in the Codex Atlanticus and in the Treatise on Painting; so they will be the many “loaded heads” or “grotesques”, the deformed faces, the exaggerated or caricatured figures created by the great artists active in northern Italy between the 16th and 18th centuries, displayed in the impressive exhibition promoted in Venice by the Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation.
The new challenging project of our institution led by Inti Ligabue – scheduled in Venice at Palazzo Loredan – Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti from January 28th to April 27th, 2023 – propels us into a world as alienating as it is intriguing, collateral to beauty, to the sublime or ideal object privileged by painting.
A fascinating journey, which identifies a line of ‘northern’ continuity from Leonardo’s loaded and grotesque heads to the caricatures of Anton Maria Zanetti and Giambattista Tiepolo in 18th-century Venice.
An extraordinary and estranging exhibition between deformed faces, anatomical exaggerations, physiognomic investigations, caricatured figures and galleries of “human characters”.
Also displayed are 18 drawings by Leonardo including – for the first time in Italy – some sheets from the Collection of the Duke of Devonshire.
Palazzo Loredan,
Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
Campo Santo Stefano, 2945
30124 Venice
Line 1 or 2 – S. Samuele or Accademia stops

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm (last entrance at 5pm)
Closed on Mondays


Full price: € 12,00
Reduced ticket: € 10,00 (Over 65, born or residents in the municipality of Venice)
Free admission (children up to 5 years old, people with disabilities and carer, journalists with valid identification cards, members of the public law enforcement, tour guides if accompanying a group, school group leaders, FGL guests) 
Special reduction: € 5,00 (ICOM card, students up to 25 years old)  
Guided tours and special events
Groups (max 15 people): € 120,00 (Italian) | € 150,00 (English) 
School groups: € 100,00 
Family Lab (one adult + one kid): € 25,00
Happy Hour (guided tour with Inti Ligabue and happy hour): € 25,00
Info and reservation
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