In the eighteenth century, the timeless charm of Venice became
the favourite subject of a group of artists who came to be known as vedutisti. Their depictions of the city quickly spread throughout Europe, and made the veduta one of the most collected and beloved of genres,
as it is even today.
Canaletto, this genres leading figure, is given a central place in this volume the master is represented by more than twenty-five extraordinary works borrowed from the worlds major museums and collections. However, the book also situates Canalettos work within the wider context of the veduta. His paintings are presented alongside works by Gaspar van Wittel, Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, Bernardo Bellotto and Francesco Guardi, the last master painter to depict the magic and elegance of eighteenth-century Venice.
The Musée Jacquemart-André will also exhibit capriccios:
fanciful views of Venice painted by Canaletto, Guardi and Bellotto.
Bozena Anna Kowalczyk is an art historian and curator specializing in the veduta and in the works of Canaletto, Bellotto and Guardi.
Accompanies the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris (14 September 2012 14 January 2013)