CLARK ART INSTITUTE TO SCREEN ‘CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE’

December 18, 2017
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—Canaletto and the Art of Venice, presented by Exhibition on Screen, airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, January 6 at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 ($10 members) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling the box office at 413 458 0524. Run time is 85 minutes.

Directed by David Bickerstaff, this first feature-length film of an exhibition from the Royal Collection includes interviews with Royal Collection Trust curators and behind-the-scenes footage of preparations for the exhibition, all shot in ultra HD 4K.

Canaletto and the Art of Venice is an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

The remarkable group of more than 200 paintings, drawings, and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master of capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences—Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle—to learn more about the artist and about Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Cinemagoers will embark on a tour of the sites enjoyed by their eighteenth-century counterparts and immortalized in Canaletto’s views, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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