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Venetian Art and its History

About this research theme

This research theme, established in 2012, aims to develop broad collaborative approaches to the study of the National Gallery’s collection of Venetian painting. With the addition of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, jointly purchased with the National Galleries of Scotland, it is one of the greatest collections of Venetian paintings in the world.

The Centre for Venetian Art and its History has been established in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland. It will consolidate existing research on this theme, currently being undertaken within the National Gallery, and extend it by forging links with other researchers as well as acting as a hub to bring together work by other museums, galleries and universities in this area.

It is intended that the research in this area will also span the interests of the other research themes in the Gallery, including technical aspects of paintings from Venice and issues relating to the history of collecting Venetian painting and its reception, particularly in Britain.

Projects under this theme have included a special issue of the National Gallery Technical Bulletin.

Image above: Detail from Canaletto, Venice: The Basin of San Marco on Ascension Day, about 1740