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Canaletto in Venice


The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey from the quayside houses and workshops on the Grand Canal’s upper reaches to the bustling festivities of a regatta and Ascension Day celebrations around St Mark’s Square.  Canaletto brilliantly captures the effects of light on stone and water, and fills each work with a snapshot of Venetian daily life. 

The son of a leading theatrical scene-painter in Venice, Canaletto followed the family trade.  As a youth he travelled with his father to Rome to paint opera scenery, but abandoned the theatre to paint and draw the city’s classical ruins.  From 1720 and for much of his career Canaletto was based in Venice, with the exception of ten years spent intermittently in England between 1746 and 1755.  For 40 years he worked for an insatiable foreign clientele, particularly the English nobility on the Grand Tour.

Exhibition highlights

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Bacino di S. Marco on Ascension Day

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: San Simeon Piccolo

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Campanile under repair

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A capriccio with a monumental staircase

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15 minute walk from the station.  

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By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Queen’s Gallery is a 20 minute walk from the stop.

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By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

By bike

A free-to-use public bicycle rack is located opposite the Scottish Parliament.