Canaletto and the Art of Venice
'Canaletto & the Art of Venice is a banquet of crystalline skies, limpid, white-capped waters and honey-gold palaces. Yet it also offers a lucid analysis of why this efflorescence occurred at this moment in Venetian history.' - FT
The Royal Collection has one of the largest and finest collections of Venetian art from the first half of the 18th century in existence. It includes paintings, prints and drawings by Canaletto, as well as those of his contemporaries such as Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Antonio Visentini, Francesco Zuccarelli and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. These artists were patronised by Consul Smith and their works were later purchased by George III.
This lavishly illustrated catalogue marks the first time that the holdings of eighteenth-century Venetian art in the Royal Collection will have been brought together, and focuses on presenting these extraordinary works against the background of the social and artistic networks of the period.
Whilst displaying and analysing the brilliant works of Canaletto, including his cityscapes, capriccios and paintings of architecture, this catalogue also discusses the intimate interior of Venetian life, explores the links between artists and the theatre in Venice at this time and looks at Venice as a centre for printmaking and book production.
- Authors: Lucy Whitaker and Rosie Razzall
- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Date published: April 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1909741409
- Product Dimensions: 29.0 x 23.3 cm
★★★★ 'Excellent' - Evening Standard
★★★★ 'Unprecedented insights into an inscrutable master' -Telegraph
'A spectacular selection of 18th-century Venetian art, with Canaletto’s greatest works shown alongside paintings and works on paper by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta' - Apollo Magazine
'Bringing together more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints by Canaletto and his peers such as Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, and Rosalba Carriera, as well as rare printed books from the same era, Canaletto & the Art of Venice is a banquet of crystalline skies, limpid, white-capped waters and honey-gold palaces. Yet it also offers a lucid analysis of why this efflorescence occurred at this moment in Venetian history.' - FT