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Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals - National Gallery

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals will be on display in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery from October 13, 2010 to January 16, 2011.

The exhibition will present the finest assembly of Venetian views since the much-celebrated display in Venice in 1967. It will feature works by Canaletto and all the major practitioners of the genre and is the first of its kind to be organised in the UK.

Bringing together around 50 major loans from public and private collections across Europe and North America, the exhibition will highlight the rich variety of Venetian view painting.

In each room, major works by Canaletto will be juxtaposed with those of his rivals and associates, to demonstrate different approaches to similar views of the city.

Major rivals on display will include Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, Bernardo Bellotto, and Francesco Guardi. Also represented will be less well-known painters, each responding to the market driven largely by the British Grand Tour.

The exhibition will include many of Canaletto’s greatest masterpieces, including The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West (Sir John Soane’s Museum, London), The Stonemason’s Yard (The National Gallery, London), and four of the finest works from the Royal Collection.

For more information and tickets visit the National Gallery Website

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm, Fridays from 10am to 9pm.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN