Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals

Highlights from the finest exhibition of Venetian views by Canaletto and his contemporaries in over 40 years
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Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute (1744)

1 / 13 Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute (1744)

Canaletto, The Grand Canal with San Simeone Piccolo and the Scalzi (around 1740)

2 / 13 Canaletto, The Grand Canal with San Simeone Piccolo and the Scalzi (around 1740)

Canaletto, Campo San Vidal and Santa Maria della Carità ('The Stonemason's Yard') (about 1725)

3 / 13 Canaletto, Campo San Vidal and Santa Maria della Carità ('The Stonemason's Yard') (about 1725)

Canaletto, The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day (about 1733–34)

4 / 13 Canaletto, The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day (about 1733–34)

Francesco Guardi, The Lagoon with the Torre di Malghera (around 1770-80)

5 / 13 Francesco Guardi, The Lagoon with the Torre di Malghera (around 1770-80)

Francesco Guardi, The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge from the South (about 1780)

6 / 13 Francesco Guardi, The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge from the South (about 1780)

Canaletto, The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day (about 1740)

7 / 13 Canaletto, The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day (about 1740)

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Canaletto, The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West (about 1735)

10 / 13 Canaletto, The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West (about 1735)

Canaletto, The Piazza San Marco, looking East (about 1723)

11 / 13 Canaletto, The Piazza San Marco, looking East (about 1723)

Gaspare Vanvitelli, The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco (1697)

12 / 13 Gaspare Vanvitelli, The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco (1697)

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Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, currently on show at The National Gallery in London (until 16 January), brings together works by the celebrated Venetian master and other major practitioners of the genre in the finest assembly of Venetian views since 1967.

Highlights include The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West (on loan from the Sir John Soane’s Museum, London) and The Stonemason’s Yard (from the National Gallery's own collection) . Each room of the exhibition juxtaposes major works by the artist with those of his rivals - such as Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, Bernardo Bellotto, and Francesco Guardi - demonstrating the wildly different approaches taken by artists depicting similar views of the city. 


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