In Collaboration with Museums Worcestershire
Supported by The Elmley Foundation, The University of Worcester and Hereford College of Arts
PV: 1st October 2022, 2pm-4pm
Opening Saturday 1st October 2022 2.00-4.00PMt
Exhibition 2/10 until 10/11 2022
24/7 from Street View
Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Celia Johnson, Robin Megannity, Chloe Roehead-Hughes, Georgia Rowe, Ben Roberts, Conrad Judge, Andrea Davis, Johanna Okon-Watkins, Sage Coblis, Lewis Graham
'VENICE TOURING' was an invitation to make new work or writing for a group exhibition. To document a journey and experience and propose ideas for a curated show in the window spaces of The Art House in Castle Street in Worcester.
Working alongside Canaletto : A Venetians View at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum the Bursary winners and participants were asked to reflect upon the life and work of Canaletto, their own research and field experience of Venice. Venice now, Venice then.
Canaletto : A Venetians View
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Saturday 1 October 2022 – Saturday 7 January 2023 :
Celebrating the wonderful work of Canaletto, this exhibition features stunning paintings from Woburn Abbey, Tate, Compton Verney, and Birmingham Museums Trust – together with artworks from Worcester’s Fine Art Collection.
Canaletto revolutionised the use of colour, ground and canvas and pioneered the technique of painting from life, sitting in front of the subject outdoors as opposed to his contemporaries of the time who completed paintings in the studio. This exhibition explores Canaletto’s work and the impact he had on the generations of artists who followed him.
Born in Venice, Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697 – 1768), commonly known as Canaletto, was an important member of the 18th-century Venetian school. He became very popular with English collections, and visited England repeatedly between 1746 – 56.
It is extremely rare for this hugely significant collection to leave Woburn Abbey, and this will be the first time the paintings will be united with other examples of Canaletto’s work from Birmingham Museums and Compton Verney.
The paintings on display were commissioned in the 1730s by the fourth Duke of Bedford, and are considered the absolute best of Canaletto’s paintings of Venice.
The exhibition is being described as the most ambitious in the history of Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.