'Canaletto and Venice’ at the Doge’s Palace - Tickets


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From February 23 to June 9, 2019 the Doge’s Palace welcomes a fascinating exhibition: ‘Canaletto and Venice’ celebrates the artist whose vedute have made the city on water immortal and the lively artistic period in which his art developed.

The exhibition is housed in the sumptuous rooms of the Doge's Apartment and presents a fascinating overview of the 18th century in Venice focusing in particular on the artist Antonio Canal. In addition to his works, you can admire some masterpieces of the most prominent artists in the 18th century, including Luca Carlevarijs, Pietro Longhi, Giambattista Tiepolo and Francesco Guardi.

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The exhibition 'Canaletto and Venice' is not included in the standard tickets to access the Doge’s Palace, which are St Mark’s Square Museums and Museum Pass tickets. To access the exhibition, you need to purchase one of the special tickets listed below:

  • Exhibition 'Canaletto and Venice' – this only includes the visit to the exhibition, therefore access to the Doge’s Palace is limited to the rooms where the exhibition is housed. It does not grant admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace.
  • St Mark’s Square Museums + Exhibition 'Canaletto and Venice' – this includes the visit to the exhibition, admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace and admission to the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library.
  • Museum Pass + Exhibition 'Canaletto and Venice' – this includes the visit to the exhibition, admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace and admission to the permanent collections of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation, with the exclusions of the Clock Tower and Palazzo Fortuny.


PLEASE NOTE: the voucher must be printed on paper (vouchers on mobile devices are not accepted)! The voucher is the only valid document, remember to print it and to bring it with you the day of the visit! You are required to present your voucher at the ticket office in order to convert it into the entrance ticket.

‘Canaletto and Venice’ at the Doge’s Palace - Opening Times

  • From 1 November to 31 March: from 8.30am to 5.30pm (last admission at 4.30pm)
  • From 1 April to 31 October: from 8.30am to 7.00pm (last admission at 6.00pm)

'Canaletto and Venice'

Eighteenth century: an era of great complexity and radical transformations, during which important changes in the language of arts came to light, but also in society, politics, engineering and ideology.

Antonio Canal is one of the most important protagonist of Venetian 18th century. Painter and engraver who became famous for his evocative views of the Serenissima, Canaletto was able to combine nature and architecture, perspective and imagination: this ability has made Canaletto an immortal artist, capable of enchanting every viewer in the past and today.

The exhibition opens with the lively artistic historical context that saw the birth and development of Canaletto's art. At the beginning of 18th century a new artistic form, that broke the bond with the Classicism and the Baroque and lead to color prevailing over drawing, began to emerge. The exhibition starts with Luca Carlevarijs, Rosalba Carrera and Pietro Longhi to provide an overview of the multi-faceted panorama of 18th-century Venice.

Light acquired a founding value in 18th-century painting thanks to Canaletto’s painting views, the extreme realism of the monumental cycles of Giambattista Tiepolo and, finally, the famous engravings by Giambattista Piranesi.

The story of this incredible century also includes the European presence of the Serenissima and the travelling of its artists, the refined glassmaking art of Murano, goldsmiths and porcelain making.

At the end of the 18th century, Francesco Guardi and Giandomenico Tiepolo, Giambattista’s son, came into prominence: Guardi's vedute seems to want to evoke a Venice in decline, while Tiepolo ireplaces the time of carefree and 'aristocratic' living with a group of irreverent Pulcinellas, all free and equal.

The exhibition is promoted by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and curated by Alberto Craievich, with the collaboration of RMN-Grand Palais in Paris.

**The artworks published in the photo gallery of this page might not be on display in the exhibition 'Canaletto and Venice'.

Doge's Palace

The majestic Doge's Palace has been the heart of Venice throughout its fascinating life… Today, it’s an unmissable museum that keeps alive the immense power and splendour of the Serenissima.

The Doge’s Palace is a unique treasure, the result of a clever fusion of styles and architectural elements from different periods in perfect harmony, and boast the signature of the some of the greatest artists of all time, such as Tintoretto, Veronese, Titian, Tiepolo and many others.

The Gate of the Wheat, the Giant Staircase decorated with two statues of Mars and Neptune by Sansovino, the series of lodges that offer visitors beautiful views and all the sumptuous and refined rooms interiors which served as background to the political and administrative life of the Republic let visitors get in touch with the splendour of the glorious past of Venice.

The most important room of the Doge’s Palace is the Sala del Maggior Consiglio that preserves some of the most important artworks of the palace, among which is the largest canvas in the world, produced by Tintoretto on the back wall.

The visit to the Ducal Palace also includes the Opera Museum - which houses the capitals that originally adorned the facade of the Doge’s Palace – and the Armory, which houses weapons and ammunition from various sources.

Even the famous Bridge of Sighs is included in visit of the Doge’s Palace! It was built in the seventeenth century to join the Doge's Palace to the New Prisons… The name draws its origins from the last sigh 'of freedom' that the prisoner breathed before reaching the New Prisons in Venice.

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