Saturday, February 19, 2011

Views of Venice by Caneletto and His Rivals on display at the National Gallery

From Sunday, February 20 until May 30, 2011, the National Gallery of art will exhibit Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, in the Gallery's East Building.

Giovanni Antonio Canal was born in the Republic of Venice in 1697 and earned the sobriquet Caneletto after his father Bernard Canal, also a painter, for whom he served as an apprentice. Canaletto was inspired by the daily life of Venice and its Venetians. He became famous for his scenic paintings known as vedute. The exhibit at the National Gallery showcases more than 20 masterpieces by Caneletto as well as over 30 created by rivals Guardi, Belloto, and Marieschi. These Venetian artists were influenced by the rich nautical panorama, and the art market that was created in-part by the upper-class men completing their education while on a Grand Tour of Europe..

The exhibition has been organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London and is made possible by the Bracco Foundation, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation. It is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Canaletto exhibition in part of a larger Spring celebration of Italian culture in Washington, DC, La Dolce DC, which we will share more information about in future blog posts from all of here at In addition to this landmark exhibition and other Italian masterpieces on display in the permanent collection, the National Gallery is featuring other events to celebrate the influence of Italian culture in DC and the world over, including lectures, film programs, concerts, Gallery Talks, and Garden Café Italia.

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