'Canaletto' shows why there is importance in antiquity

Image: 'Canaletto, The Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute looking East towards the Bacino', 1744

Opening on the 14 July across Australia, Canaletto and the Art of Venice directed by Australian David Bickerstaff, is part of the growing scene of film on art, or Classical Art.

Showcasing artwork from Venice and all the scenes that make this region famous, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and exploring the city of Venice through the eyes and work of the city’s most famous painter.

This new film has exclusive behind the scenes access to the major 2017 exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice at London's Buckingham Palace, telling the intriguing tale of how Canaletto’s works were acquired for Britain’s The Royal Collection; and came to hold pride of place in the Queen's own Picture Gallery.

Exhibition on Screen are excited to announce an encore Australian release of their acclaimed 2017 documentary Canaletto & the Art of Venice, in cinemas across the country from Thursday July 14. An immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s most famous painter, this stunning documentary also offers privileged behind the scenes access to Britain’s The Royal Collection, in which the largest holding of Canaletto’s works resides today.

'Canaletto' Trailer

Just how these paintings ended up in England rather than Canaletto’s native Italy is a fascinating story, transporting the viewer back in time to the 18th Century and introducing the powerful individuals who shaped history by promoting and facilitating the educational “rite of passage” of many a young European aristocrat, known at the time as “The Grand Tour”.

No artist in history has better captured the essence and allure of Italy’s most picturesque city, than Venice-born Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Highly sought after by the Grand Tourists of the era, his view paintings have long been celebrated, both for their beauty and for the artist’s unique eye.

Be sure to see some art in a new way by catching Exhibition on Screen's re-released Canaletto and the Art of Venice from this week!


Dates: From 14 July 2022

Location: Palace Cinemas near you

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