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Book competition

21 July 2017

This week’s competition prize is Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Peter Björn Kerber (Getty Publications; £30). Click here for your chance to win

Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto, Luca Carlevarijs, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Francesco Guardi, Hubert Robert—these renowned view painters are perhaps most famous for their expansive canvases depicting the ruins of Rome or the canals of Venice. Many of their most splendid paintings, however, feature important contemporary events. These occasions motivated some of the greatest artists of the era to produce their most exceptional work. They are imbued with a sense of occasion, even drama, and were often commissioned by or for rulers, princes, and ambassadors as records of significant events in which they participated.

Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, this volume provides the first-ever comprehensive study of this type of view painting. Peter Björn Kerber carefully reconstructs the meaning and context these paintings possessed for the artists who produced them and the patrons who commissioned them, as well as for their contemporary viewers.

For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 4 August:

Q: Francesco Guardi and Canaletto are best known for their paintings of which Italian city?

Last week’s competition prize was Sargent, The Watercolours by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray (Giles in association with Dulwich Picture Gallery; £34.95). The question was:

Q: Which French painter (and Sargent’s former teacher) was the subject of the portrait Sargent exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1879?

A: Carolus-Duran

Congratulations to the winner, Sarah Monks