The Royal Collection contains the world’s finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice’s most famous view-painter, Canaletto (1697-1768). These works were bought by the young George III in 1762 from Canaletto’s agent and dealer Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice. This exhibition presents a spectacular selection of 18th-century Venetian art, with Canaletto’s greatest works shown alongside paintings and works on paper by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. The exhibition explores the many delights of 18th-century Venice, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival. Find out more about the Canaletto exhibition from the Royal Collection Trust’s website.
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