National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
February 20–May 30, 2011

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

Related Resources

Notable Lecture: Sights and Sounds of 18th Century Venice Symposium
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Notable Lecture:
Introduction to the Exhibition
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In Conversation:
The Moran Gondola
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Music Program: Image: Concerts in Honor of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals Concerts in Honor of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
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Works by Canaletto
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Biography of
Canaletto

Education Resource
Inside Scoop: Canaletto

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Press Conference Highlights

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Press Materials
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Press Materials
(1/7/11)

Image: Canaletto, The Square of Saint Mark's, Venice, 1742/1744, Gift of Mrs. Barbara Hutton Venice inspired a school of competitive view painters whose achievements are among the most brilliant in 18th-century art. The exhibition celebrates the rich variety of these Venetian views, known as vedute, through some 20 masterworks by Canaletto and more than 30 by his rivals, including Michele Marieschi, Francesco Guardi, and Bernardo Bellotto. Responding to an art market fueled largely by the Grand Tour, these gifted painters depicted the famous monuments and vistas of Venice in different moods and seasons.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by the Bracco Foundation, which promotes cultural, scientific, and artistic expressions to improve the quality of life.

It is also made possible through the generous support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Additional support is kindly provided by Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: The Moran gondola This gondola is a rare 19th-century survival. When the American artist Thomas Moran stayed in Venice in 1890, he hired it for his personal use and brought it back with him to his residence on Long Island, New York. He enjoyed telling friends that the gondola had once been owned by the poets Robert and Elizabeth Browning, but the story cannot be corroborated.

The gondola (c. 1850) is on loan from the Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia. It was a gift of the Thomas Moran Collection, East Hampton Free Library, East Hampton, Long Island, New York.