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Canaletto: A Venetian’s View comes to Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Via Helen for Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Canaletto: A Venetian’s View arrives at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum from 1st October 2022 to 7th January 2023. The exhibition will celebrate the wonderful work of Canaletto, featuring stunning paintings on loan from the Woburn Abbey Collection together with artworks from Worcester’s Fine Art Collection and loans from Birmingham Museums, Tate and Compton Verney.
Tickets are: £8 (£4 for Worcester residents)
Children up to 16 FREE
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum Members FREE.
Art Fund Members £4
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 collectors, and visited England repeatedly between 1746 – 56.
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 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.
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 comprise the largest set of paintings Canaletto produced for a single patron, the fourth Duke of Bedford who commissioned the works in the 1730s. They 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.
Deborah Fox, Senior Curator at the Art Gallery and Museum commented:
We are committed to bringing great art and artists to the region and through bringing Canaletto to Worcester we are offering a once in a generation opportunity to see these incredible artworks ‘on your doorstep’ as well as creating an opportunity to showcase and reinterpret important works in our own collection.
We see this exhibition as a wonderful opportunity not only to bring world-class art to the gallery, but also to examine its influence on some of Worcester’s best-loved artworks.”
The twenty paintings of Venice on loan from the Woburn Abbey Collection will be accompanied by three Canaletto works – two views of Warwick Castle on loan from Birmingham Museums and a view of Vauxhall Gardens which would normally hang at Compton Verney, as well as a wonderful work by William Marlow considered to be Canaletto’s natural heir, from Tate.
The influence of Canaletto’s work will be further explored through Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum’s own collection including a beautiful view of Worcester Cathedral by Marlow and works by Paul Sandby, Samuel Prout and Samuel Rowlandson who were all heavily influenced by Canaletto. Worcester’s most famous artist BW Leader will also feature in the exhibition through the inclusion of one of his most famous works February, Fill Dyke – also on loan from Birmingham Museums.
Canaletto: A Venetian’s View at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum will provide the opportunity to see Canaletto’s paintings up close and for the visitor to take a scenic tour of the golden age of Venice through the amazing landscapes.
This exhibition has been made possible with funding from Art Fund, the Elmley Foundation, Worcester City Council and Arts Worcestershire.
Tickets are on sale now. To book please visit Canaletto: A Venetian’s View – Museums Worcestershire
The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of talks and tours including:
Bringing Canaletto to Worcester: Bite Size Talk (8th November)
Other events during the exhibition include:
Canaletto in Context (13th October)
Matthew Hirst, Curator at Woburn Abbey, discusses the fascinating paintings by Canaletto. He will also explore their context in the wider fine and decorative arts in the collections at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.
From Italy to England (24th November)
Though famed for his depictions of Venice, Canaletto spent almost a decade living in London. Charles Beddington will introduce the artist’s paintings of his home city alongside those he made in England – including paintings of Warwick Castle and Vauxhall Gardens.
A Contemporary View (8th December)
How is a painter who lived and worked 300 years ago able to influence art today? Worcester-based contemporary arts gallery, Pitt Studio, will delve into the subject of Canaletto’s legacy.
Each event costs £20; includes exhibition entry*, a drink, and the talk.
*If you are a Member, Worcester resident, or another entry concession applies to you, please select this when booking your event ticket. Book tickets here: museums-worcestershire.arttickets.org.uk