Canaletto: A Venetians View

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Canaletto: A Venetians View

October 1, 2022 10:30 am to January 7, 2023 4:30 pm

Celebrating the wonderful work of Canaletto, this exhibition features stunning paintings from Woburn Abbey, Tate, Compton Verney, and Birmingham Museums Trust – together with artworks from Worcester’s Fine Art Collection.

Canaletto revolutionised the use of colour, ground and canvas and pioneered the technique of painting from life, sitting in front of the subject outdoors as opposed to his contemporaries of the time who completed paintings in the studio. This exhibition explores Canaletto’s work and the impact he had on the generations of artists who followed him.

Born in Venice, Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697 – 1768), commonly known as Canaletto, was an important member of the 18th-century Venetian school. He became very popular with English collections, and visited England repeatedly between 1746 – 56.

It is extremely rare for this hugely significant collection to leave Woburn Abbey, and this will be the first time the paintings will be united with other examples of Canaletto’s work from Birmingham Museums and Compton Verney.

The paintings on display were commissioned in the 1730s by the fourth Duke of Bedford, and are considered the absolute best of Canaletto’s paintings of Venice.

The exhibition is being described as the most ambitious in the history of Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

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Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate St, Worcester, WR1 1DT

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