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March 5, 2016
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The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini (Venice c. 1430–1516) – one of the greatest masterpieces of this protagonist of the Italian Renaissance – is currently being exhibited at the Museo Correr. The work was completed in 1515 and is considered one of Bellini’s most representative paintings. The “A Masterpiece for Venice” project opens the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Bellini.
The painting depicts an episode recorded in the Old Testament (Genesis 9:20-23) in which Noah, drunk after drinking the wine from his vineyards, has fallen asleep naked. His son Ham discovers him dozing, laughs at the sight of his father’s nakedness and informs his brothers, who proceed to cover him up. Noah curses his grandson, Ham’s son, Canaan, declaring that he shall be a slave to his brothers.
“A Masterpiece for Venice” will see the return to Venice of several masterpieces of Venetian art from the 15th-18th centuries which are housed in foreign museums.