Canaletto - Venice and its Splendours

From 23 October 2008 to 05 April 2009

This promises to be the most comprehensive exhibition ever on the art of Canaletto and his Venetian paintings. Organised by a group of leading international experts on the painter and Venetian painting in general, the exhibition features over a hundred works by Canaletto and his contemporaries such as Luca Carlevarijs, Bernardo Bellotto, Francesco Guardi and Michele Marieschi, loaned from outstanding museums and public and private collections through out the world: the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, the Gemldegalerie of Berlin, the Gemldegalerie of Dresden, the Uffizi of Florence, Muse du Louvre Paris, Alte Pinakothek Munich, Metropolitan Museum of New York, Ermitage Saint Petersburg, Prado Madrid, Galleria Nazionale darte Antica Rome, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. During the 18th century, the Republic of Venice, already approaching its decline, is depicted in a way which led to a whole genre. The exhibition revolves, for obvious reasons, around Canaletto, and offers a sumptuous selection of his works covering his entire career. Among the masterpieces are earlier works highlighting his incredible use of lighting effects such as the views of the Campo San Giacometto and the Grand Canal from Palazzo Corner Spinelli the magnificent view panorama of the bay of Saint Marks and the enormous depiction of the solemn entrance of the Count di Gergy in the Doges Palace. Also of great interest are two paintings which return to Italy after 30 years: the two canvases commissioned by the German Sigmund Streit, considered among Canalettos great mature works. Other works have not been seen in Italy for over 40 years, and still others will be on display on the artists home territory for the first time. Tickets:Standard price12 euro , includes audio guideReductions9euro, includes audio guide(for students up to 26 years old, holders of TCI, over 60s, groups)Reduced price special tickets6 euro without audio guideunder 18sFree entranceChildren up to 5 years old, disabled and accompanying adults
By Insidecom Editorial Staff