Canaletto 1697-1768

Canaletto 1697-1768

Muesum of Rome: New exhibition space on the first floor

Canaletto rome

The exhibition “Canaletto 1697-1768” wants to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of the great Venetian painter presenting the largest group of his works ever exhibited in Italy, 68 including paintings and drawings and documents, including some famous masterpieces.

Giovanni Antonio Canal (Venice 1697 – 1768) known as Canaletto, is one of the best known European eighteenth-century artists. With his pictorial genius he revolutionized the genre of the view – considered until then secondary – putting it on a par with the painting of history and figure, indeed, raising it as an emblem of the artistic and scientific ideals of the Enlightenment.

The works come from some of the most important museums of the world, including the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Jacquemart-André in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the National Gallery in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. There will be also some works preserved in the British collections and others from the US museums of Boston, Kansas City and Cincinnati.

Among the masterpieces two works from Pinacoteca Gianni and Marella Agnelli of Turin: The Grand Canal from the north, towards the Rialto bridge, and The Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Carità, exhibited for the first time together with the manuscript of the State Library of Lucca that illustrates the circumstances of the commission and the realization.