Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
February 20 – May 30, 2011
East Building, Upper Level
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: 20 paintings by
An audio tour narrated by National Gallery of Art Director Earl A. Powell III was available. Exhibition curator Charles Beddington presented "Introduction to the Exhibition—Canaletto and His Rivals" on February 20. Eric Denker, senior lecturer, National Gallery of Art, spoke on "Canaletto's Venice: The Art of Fiction," on March 13. Denker also presented a five-lecture course, "The Fabric of Venice," exploring the urban environment of the city, in association with the exhibition. Michael Kahn, artistic director, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., Eric Denker, and Faya Causey, head of the department of academic programs, National Gallery of Art, discussed "Shakespeare's Italy" in a program on May 22. A public symposium, "Sights and Sounds of 18th Century Venice," was presented in association with the exhibition, and a teacher workshop was held on March 5. A 40-minute exhibition film produced by the National Gallery, London, was shown in the East Building auditorium. A 15-minute version of the film was shown within the exhibition. A special menu of Italian dishes by Chef Fabio Trabocchi was available at the Garden Café. Concerts in February and March included works by Vivaldi and other Italian composers. The Venice Baroque Orchestra performed on April 10.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London. Canaletto scholar Charles Beddington was curator. David Alan Brown, curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, National Gallery of Art, was coordinator in Washington.
Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by the Bracco Foundation and through the support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Additional support was provided by Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation. The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Attendance: 115,726 (100 days)
Catalog: Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, by Charles Beddington. London: National Gallery Company Limited, 2010.
Other Venues: National Gallery, London, October 13, 2010–January 16, 2011
- "The Square of Saint Mark's, Venice," 1742/1744, Canaletto
- Video, Released: November 1, 2011, (2:20 minutes)
- Michael Kahn and Shakespeare's Italy
- Audio, Released: September 6, 2011, (52:57 minutes)
- Concerts in Honor of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
- Audio, Released: July 19, 2011, (48:26 minutes)
- Sights and Sounds of 18th-Century Venice Symposium
- Audio, Released: May 17, 2011, (239:13 minutes)
- Introduction to the Exhibition—Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
- Audio, Released: March 8, 2011, (57:33 minutes)
- Press Event: Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
- Audio, Released: February 15, 2011, (31:39 minutes)
- The Moran Gondola
- Audio, Released: February 8, 2011, (20:59 minutes)