Catch if You Can: Canaletto, 1697-1768

Fans of the famed Venetian view painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, should take note of “Canaletto, 1697-1768,” currently on view at the Museo di Roma/Palazzo Braschi. Offering one of the largest-ever exhibitions of Canaletto’s work, the showcase brings together compositions from major collections around the globe to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the artist’s death. 

The exhibition carries visitors through the key moments of evolution Canaletto’s career, from his early days associated with theatrical design to his rise to acclaim as one of the most celebrated painters of Venice’s picturesque skyline and structures. Throughout, visitors are treated to the intricate details of his work along with his ability to capture the city in its most perfect light, a fitting reminder as to why the Grand Tourists of his generation were so enamored with his work. Visitors also gain a sense of Canaletto’s time in England and his final years in Venice, where he painted until the very end of his life. The exhibition closes with a showcase of the final inventory of his estate, a humble document for so influential an artist.

“Canaletto, 1697-1768″ will remain on view until 19 August 2018. Visit the website of the Museo di Roma/Palazzo Braschi for additional details. 


View of vitrine featuring 18th-century opera librettos as installed in “Canaletto, 1697-1768.”

Canaletto, Capriccio con rovine, 1723. Private Collection, Switzerland. 

Visitors observing the details of Canaletto’s Il Bucintoro di ritorno al Molo il giorno dell’Ascensione, Venezia, 1729. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. 

Canaletto, Il Molo verso ovest con la Colonna di San Teodoro a destra, Venezia, circa 1738. Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, Milan. 

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