Thursday, 30 September 2010

Canaletto & His Rivals

The next major exhibition at The National Gallery in London is Venice: Canaletto And His Rivals, which opens on 13 October and runs until 16 January 2011. About 50 important loans from public and private collections across Europe and North America have been brought together for the first exhibition of its kind to be organised in the UK. Next to each painting by Canaletto will be a painting by one of his rivals: Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, Bernardo Bellotto, Francesco Guardi and others. Above is Canaletto's The Entrance to the Grand Canal, looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute (1744), one of 4 paintings on loan from The Royal Collection. The bad news is the admission charges: £12.00 or £11.00 for silver surfers. However, if silver surfers visit on Tuesday from 2.30pm, entrance is only £6.


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