The Royal Collection at the Buckingham Palace contains the world’s finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice’s most famous painter, Canaletto.
The Royal Gallery exhibition presents a marvelous selection of eighteenth-century Venetian art, with Canaletto’s greatest works.
The Queen has the largest collection of Canaletto’s in the world therefore they are are all together to take pride of place in the show-stopping exhibition. 18th century Venetian contemporaries are shown for the first time.
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THE BRINGING IN OF THE PAINTINGS.
United Kingdom’s Royal family acquired this amazing collection in 1762. When King George III needed some art to furnish his most recently acquired London home, Buckingham House. George III bought the collection from Canaletto’s British agent Joseph Smith, one of the greatest patrons of art in Venice.
ITS LIKE A FEAST.
The exhibition is a visual feast. Some of the paintings stand as tall as doors. Some are so detailed you could linger for a long time without being bored. The skill and workmanship involved is astonishing. “The most amazing thing about this exhibition is being able to see all the sets of paintings together for the first time since 1980, which was the last big Canaletto show”.
Canaletto’s paintings fit under the genre “view-paintings”. The genre became very popular. Canaletto had problem of his contemporaries copying him as they saw the money to be made from rich foreign collectors.
THE DEEP MEANINGS.
Most of the paintings depict Venice as Canaletto was obsessed with the daily life of his home city. He worked at it continuously. He had an eye for the smallest details and his work is still cited when people are discussing the buildings of Venice. Canaletto is described as a mysterious man. We know he was a little man and solitary, he had no wife, only sisters and lived a sober, modest life.
Location – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Date – Friday, 19 May 2017 – Sunday, 12 Nov 2017
Age – Adults, Groups (15+ people)
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