'Canaletto and Venice' at the Doge’s Palace

A great exhibition to present 18th century painting in Venice and its best protagonist

From 23 February 2019 to 09 June 2019

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From February 23 to June 9, 2019 a fascinating exhibition on Canaletto in Venice is ready to enchant visitors from all over the world! Housed in the elegant rooms of the Doge's Apartment in the Doge’s Palace, the ‘Canaletto and Venice’ exhibition is a unique opportunity to soak in the timeless charm of the Serenissima combined with 18th century art.

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Eighteenth century: it is precisely this crucial historical moment to open the 2019 exhibition season of the Doge's Palace in Venice, a century of extreme complexity and great transformations, during which great changes in the language of arts came to light - with the emergence of undisputed excellences in the fields of painting, sculpture and decorative arts - but also in society, politics, ideology and engineering.

The focus of this Canaletto exhibition at Doge’s Palace is Antonio Canal, painter and engraver and famous for his evocative views of the Serenissima, which were highly sought-after among the English aristocrats who brought them home as a souvenir of the Grand Tour: the ability to combine nature and architecture, perspective (studied through the optical camera) and imagination has made Canaletto an immortal artist, capable of enchanting every viewer today as in the past.

The exhibition on Canaletto in Venice, Doge’s Palace, does not neglect the lively artistic historical context that saw the birth and development of Canaletto's art: 18th century art began with the emergence of a new artistic form that, breaking the bond with the rigor of Classicism and the theatricality of Baroque, lead to color prevailing over drawing. The exhibition begins with an overview of the multi-faceted panorama of 18th-century Venice ... From Luca Carlevarijs, who laid the foundations of Venetian vedutism, to Rosalba Carrera who rejuvenated the art of portrait, up to Pietro Longhi with his unique costume painting which reveal the character and passions of his time.

The undisputed protagonist of 18th-century painting is light, which acquires a founding value in Canaletto’s painting views, and also in the extreme realism of the monumental cycles of Giambattista Tiepolo, which are capable of capturing the variations of light at different times of day – and his dynamic compositions with aggressive brushstrokes in which the figures seem to float in rarefied spaces, and, finally, in the famous engravings by Giambattista Piranesi.

The story of this incredible century cannot fail to include the European presence of the Serenissima and the travelling of its artists, as well as the refined glassmaking art of Murano, goldsmiths and the porcelain making.

At the end of the century, Francesco Guardi and the Giambattista Tiepolo’s son, Giandomenico, came into prominence. The trembling and strongly allusive language of Guardi's vedutas, moving away from the sunny certainties of Canaletto, seems to want to evoke a Venice in decline; Tiepolo, instead replaces the time of carefree and 'aristocratic' living with a group of irreverent Pulcinellas, all free and equal, while the French revolution is burning in flames in the background.

Canaletto and Venice – Italy exhibition 2019 at Palazzo Ducale ends with the emergence of Neoclassicism, when Antonio Canova stood out from everybody else.

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.

Canaletto in Venice, an exhibition with a poignant charm, that narrates one of the richest and most appreciated artistic seasons of the Serenissima, and still capable of seducing and charming artists, writers and travelers from all over the world!


'Canaletto and Venice' tickets: starting from €14.90.

Days and opening times:

  • from 23 February to 31 March 2019: from 8.30am to 5.30pm (last admission at 4.30pm)
  • from 1 April to 9 June 2019: from 8.30am to 7.00pm (last admission at 6.00pm)

And if you are passionate about Canaletto, don't miss the opportunity to admire his two masterpieces housed in the Querini Stampalia Museum! Buy online your ticket and visit this fascinating house museum that blends an unusual mix of ancient and contemporary art and architecture inside a dwelling house dating back to the 18th century!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff