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Venice in the age of Canaletto /
[editors, Alexandra Libby, Marina Pacini, and Stanton Thomas].
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[Memphis, Tenn.] : Memphis Brooks Museum of Art ; New York, NY : Distributed worldwide by Prestel, c2009.
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170 p. : col. ill., maps ; 31 cm.
ISBN
3791380001, 9783791380001
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[Memphis, Tenn.] : Memphis Brooks Museum of Art ; New York, NY : Distributed worldwide by Prestel, c2009.
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3791380001
9783791380001
general note
Catalog of the exhibition held at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Oct. 8, 2009-Jan. 10, 2010; and at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Feb. 14-May 9, 2010.
catalogue key
7023513
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 154-168).
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Canaletto's genius was documenting in his paintings the immediately recognizable views of Venice in a naturalistic way. At the same time, his contemporaries such as Tiepolo, Guardi and Ricci were painting and sculpting religious, mythological, and historical dramas in the grand baroque tradition. The dynamic tension between these contrasting artistic styles is the focal point of this fascinating examination of Venice in Canaletto's era. The book also examines the cultural context of the artist's development as a vedute, or view painter.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-04-01:
Catalog for a traveling exhibit beginning at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL, and ending in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in early May 2010, this book traces the development of Venetian painter Canaletto into a veduta painter in the cultural context of 18th-century Venice. Born of a theatrical scenery painter, Giovanni Antonio Canal started his career painting theatrical scenery like his father, but his depth and breadth were much greater. As the four essays by art historians indicate, his fame spread through his dealers to the English aristocracy. Another essay focuses on the Prospectus Magni Canalis Venetiarum of 1735, which was created as a series of etchings of Venice, much as a forerunner to postcards. The final essay attempts to square the reputation of Canaletto with the likes of Casanova and the courtesans and the piety of the ordinary 18th-century churchgoing populace as well as the religious art created for altars and public spaces in that environment. The last half of the book is a catalog of the works, with full color reproductions and detailed background on each one. The paintings include two Canalettos as well as two Longhis, several Guardis, furniture, a teapot, and vases. VERDICT The dearth of Canaletto paintings in the show makes this a minor exhibit. However, the history and writing here are lucid and have much educational value. It shows the influence of Canaletto, a show catalog at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1989, with its biographical essay on Canaletto by scholar J.G. Links. This book is recommended for comprehensive Italian art book collections at larger public libraries, museums, and academic institutions.-Ellen Bates, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Canaletto's genius was documenting in his paintings the immediately recognizable views of Venice in a naturalistic way. At the same time, his contemporaries such as Tiepolo, Guardi and Ricci were painting and sculpting religious, mythological, and historical dramas in the grand baroque tradition. The dynamic tension between these contrasting artistic styles is the focal point of this fascinating examination of Venice in Canaletto's era. The book also examines the cultural context of the artist's development as a vedute, or view painter. This catalogue for an exhibition opens with an extensive biography of Canaletto, illustrated by numerous reproductions of his work. The result is a unique and multi-faceted portrait of a city on the brink of change and a critical moment in the history of art.
Main Description
Canaletto's genius was documenting in his paintings the immediately recognizable views of Venice in a naturalistic way. At the same time, his contemporaries such as Tiepolo, Guardi and Ricci were painting and sculpting religious, mythological, and historical dramas in the grand baroque tradition. The dynamic tension between these contrasting artistic styles is the focal point of this fascinating examination of Venice in Canaletto's era. The book also examines the cultural context of the artist's development as a vedute, or view painter. This catalogue for an exhibition opens with an extensive biography of Canaletto, illustrated by numerous reproductions of his work. The book also offers examples of the works of Canaletto's contemporaries, such as the genre pictures, frescoes, and religious paintings that were typical of the era. A section on the decorative arts of eighteenth-century Venice compares the remarkable spirit of these objects to Canaletto's landscapes. The result is a unique and multi-faceted portrait of a city on the brink of change and a critical moment in the history of art.

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