This exhibition presents the finest assembly of Venetian views since the much-celebrated display in Venice in 1967. It features works by Canaletto and all the major practitioners of the genre.
Remarkably, considering the dominant role of British patronage in this art form, 'Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals' is the first exhibition of its kind to be organised in the UK.
Bringing together around 60 major loans from public and private collections across Europe and North America, the exhibition highlights the rich variety of Venetian view painting.
Works on display
In each room, major works by Canaletto are juxtaposed with those of his rivals and associates, to demonstrate different approaches to similar views of the city.
Major rivals on display include Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, Bernardo Bellotto, and Francesco Guardi. Also represented are less well-known painters, each responding to the market driven largely by the British Grand Tour.
Many of Canaletto’s greatest masterpieces are on display, including ‘The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West’ (Sir John Soane’s Museum, London), The Stonemason’s Yard (The National Gallery, London), and four of the finest works from the Royal Collection.
The exhibition has been organised by the National Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington [External link].
Image above: detail from Canaletto, 'The Entrance to the Grand Canal, looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute', 1744, The Royal Collection © 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II