Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
“Canaletto and the Art of Venice” from the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Canaletto and the Art of Venice offers an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. A remarkable exhibition of some 200 paintings, drawings, and prints provides unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing.
Step inside two official royal residences—Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle—to learn more about the artist and about Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. This 21st-century Grand Tour visits the sites enjoyed by their 18th-century counterparts and immortalized in Canaletto’s views, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition but also an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.
Following the June 30 screening, visit the second floor of the Beck Building for a gallery concert of Renaissance music. The performance is free with Museum admission!