Image: Siân Walters

We examine a lesser known period in the life of the greatest view painter of Venice, Giovanni Antonio Canale otherwise known as Canaletto. The production of vedute or views of Venice had become a major industry in the 1700s and Canaletto very much held the monopoly on this lucrative market. His evocative and often meticulously topographical records of the city and her canals, palaces and churches were highly popular with British Grand Tourists who came to dominate the market for Canaletto’s paintings, at least that is until 1742 when the War of the Austrian Succession spread into Italy leading to a serious decline in the number of foreigners visiting the country. So in 1746 Canaletto left for London in the hope of finding similar success abroad. We look at the diverse works produced during nine years which he spent in England, from view paintings of the thriving English capital and its surrounding countryside, to more inventive and unusual capricci. 

Siân Walters is an art historian and Director of Art History in Focus. In addition to teaching at the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, she also lectures for The Arts Society and leads specialist art tours abroad. Siân was a lecturer at The University of Surrey for many years and has worked in France and Venice. Her specialist areas of research are 15th and 16th-century Italian painting, Spanish art and architecture, and Flemish and Dutch painting. 

Thurs 22 Sept, 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Doors open at 6.30pm  
£12 Adults • £10 Lightbox Members