The largest ever display of Canaletto’s paintings in Scotland brings the allure of 18th-century Venice to The Queen’s Gallery.
Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh until 21 Oct 2018.
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, along with the rest of Smith’s huge collection.
The exhibition presents a spectacular selection of eighteenth-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 eighteenth-century Venice, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival, bringing the irresistible allure of the most beautiful city in the world to The Queen’s Gallery.