The exhibition “I Violini di Vivaldi e le Figlie di Choro” (at the VI.VE. Vivaldi Venezia museum itinerary), evokes a surprising story of emancipation through art. It looks back at the Baroque age through the instruments chosen and used by Vivaldi, the so called “Prete rosso” (or red priest) and his schoolgirls at the Ospedale della Pietà of Venice, the orphanage where he served as a music teacher from 1703 to 1740. The instruments themselves also tell a story. “La Pietà” acquired more than 50 instruments, many of which are still part of its collection, including remarkable pieces such as two cellos by Matteo Goffriller and a violin by Pietro Guarneri.
Ospedale della Pietà is the charitable institution where Vivaldi was a music teacherThe Ospedale della Pietà is one of the longest-running institutions for the care of orphans, mothers in need and abandoned girls. Orphanage, convent and conservatoire, this charitable organisation dates back to 1346 and, although it has been updated over the centuries, still remains faithful to its original mission. The life of the great Baroque musician Antonio Vivaldi is deeply tied to the Ospedale della Pietà. Born in Venice in 1678, and recently ordained as a priest 1703, he attended the institution as a violin teacher (later also viola), giving music lessons to the girls until 1740. He died in 1741. “La Pietà” was extremely modern for the time and one of its kind in Europe, a melting pot of education and emancipation. In particular, the Figlie di Choro (or choir’s daughters) were much appreciated musicians and choristers. Many of them became acclaimed virtuoso performers and composers, whose talent impressed foreign travellers, among others, Goethe.
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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