Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Canaletto and the Art of Venice


January 6, 2018

3:00 PM-4:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Directed by David Bickerstaff
Run time: 85 minutes

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN opens its fifth season with Canaletto and the Art of Venice, 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 their very own twenty-first century grand tour, visiting 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. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

Image: Giovanni Antonio Canal, The Bacino di S. Marco on Ascension Day (detail), c.1733–4. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017