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Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Exhibition catalogue

Lucy Whitaker and Rosie Razzall

 392 pages

Unprecedented insights into an inscrutable master

Mark Hudson, The Telegraph

Cover for Canaletto

Cover for Canaletto and the Art of Venice ©

Hardback, 290 x 235 mm, 380 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 909741 40 9

Canaletto (1697–1768) is Venice's most famous view painter. His drawings and paintings record cityscapes that are familiar and loved throughout the world, none more so than his works recording his native Venice. His lively yet elegant paintings, drawings and etchings were enthusiastically collected by foreign patrons, among them Joseph Smith, the British consul to Venice, who later sold his collection to King George III. As a result, the Royal Collection now includes the largest and finest collection of Canaletto's works in existence.

Canaletto and the Art of Venice is the first publication to showcase in full the rich collection of eighteenth-century Venetian art held by the Royal Collection. It explores and discusses paintings, drawings and prints by Canaletto, as well as works by many of his contemporaries, including Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Antonio Visentini, Francesco Zuccarelli and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Lavishly illustrated, the book presents these works in the context of Smith as a collector, and looks at the links between art and theatre in Venice, as well as the role of the city as a centre for printmaking and book production.

Brilliantly alive with light, Canaletto's paintings and prints re-create with remarkable clarity times past, and appreciation for his work continues to expand and grow. Canaletto and the Art of Venice provides welcome insight into both the artist and the broader genre of eighteenth-century urban landscape.

Rosie Razzall is Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust.

Lucy Whitaker is Senior Curator of Paintings, Royal Collection Trust. Her previous publications include The Northerm Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein and The Art of Italy: Renaissance & Baroque.

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Highlights from the publication

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A Regatta on the Grand Canal

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Ruins of the Forum looking towards the Capitol

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the Kings

Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Landscape with an Allegorical Monument to Newton

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Campanile under repair

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A capriccio with a monumental staircase

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754)

A boy with a dog

John Baptist Jackson (1701-80)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

John Baptist Jackson (1701-80)

The Rich Man and Lazarus