Thursday, 19 October 2006

Canaletto at Yale

Canaletto - Warwick Castle, The South Front (c 1748-49)Canaletto is doing well this year, with Her Majesty the Queen showing her collection and now the Yale Center for British Art has opened an exhibition in the USA: Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist Abroad, 1746 - 1755. Now look, Yanks, not so much of that "Venetian Artist" stuff. We Brits may moan about pesky foreigners invading our overcrowded little island, but we're very quick to adopt foreigners with talent and to call them our own: Canaletto, Holbein, Mozart, Handel, Madonna, Rolf Harris. Once we've adopted them, they're not foreign any more. They're honorary Brits. Canaletto may have stayed with us only 10 years, but that's enough. He's a Brit. Our attitude probably has a lot to do with having a royal family that's been marrying foreigners for centuries.


At 23/1/07, Blogger Mary Poole-Wilson said...

You omit to mention that this exhibition has just opened at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. UK

At 23/1/07, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Mary
You're looking at an October 2006 entry. Canaletto wasn't at the Dulwich then. If you dip into the January 2007 archive, you'll find the Canaletto/Dulwich entry under Tuesday 8 January '07.


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