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Canaletto 250

24 Feb 2018

Full day: £90.00

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Canaletto 250 Study Day

Canaletto has always been a favourite of the British. From quite early in his career his chosen speciality as a painter of the Venetian townscape attracted the attention of Grand Tourists, and one of his leading supporters was the British consul in Venice, Joseph Smith. In 1746, during a downturn in tourism caused by the War of the Austrian Succession, Canaletto moved to London, where he stayed for nine years, enjoying great success with aristocratic patrons.

In recent years, two major exhibitions focusing on Canaletto have been held in London: Canaletto in England at Dulwich in 2007; and Canaletto and the Art of Venice at the Queen’s Gallery in 2017. This latter event was prompted by the unparalleled holdings of drawings and prints by the artist in the Royal Collection, as well as of his paintings, all of which were the result of a block purchase by George III from Consul Smith in 1762. Both exhibitions revealed how Canaletto was so much more than a mere topographer, and how he poetically transformed his views of Venice and London alike with his vibrant brushwork and sparkling light.

With 2018 marking 250 years since the artist’s death, it seems timely to hold a Study Day on Canaletto. The day will begin with a lecture by a leading authority on Venice and the Grand Tour, Professor Roey Sweet of Leicester University. This will be followed by talks by the two curators of the recent exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Lucy Whitaker and Rosie Razzall. Finally the day will be rounded off by the curator of Canaletto in England, Charles Beddington, who will widen the discussion by looking at some of the painter’s rivals as recorders of the Venetian townscape, such as Francesco Guardi.

Study Day Programme:


i. Venice and the Grand Tour
Professor Rosemary Sweet (Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester)


ii. Canaletto: Life, Art, Patrons
Lucy Whitaker (Senior Curator of Paintings, The Royal Collection)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. Canaletto as a Draughtsman
Rosie Razzall (Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Royal Collection)


iv. Canaletto and his Competitors
Charles Beddington (Charles Beddington Fine Art Ltd)


Study Day Location:

Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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