Venice in Peril

Canaletto: Painting Venice with Monserrat Pis Marcos

Event date and time: 11 May, 6.30pm UK time

This lecture will take place online via Zoom.

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The long-awaited show featuring Canaletto’s views of Venice from Woburn Abbey opens on 17 May at the Holburne Museum in Bath. Join the curator for an online preview talk. Commissioned by the 4th Duke of Bedford the series of 23 paintings arrived in Britain in the 1730s and has rarely been loaned since then.

This once in a lifetime exhibition will enable the close study of these paintings in an exhibition that also explores Canaletto’s life and work, alongside themes of 18th-century Venice and the Grand Tour.

Created over a nine-year period, when the artist was at the pinnacle of his career, the Woburn Abbey paintings are the largest set Canaletto ever produced, and much the largest that has remained together. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to enjoy them at viewing height since they normally hang three deep in the dining room at Woburn where they have been since the late 18th century.

Monserrat Pis Marcos is an art historian and curator. She graduated in Management of Cultural Heritage and Curatorial Studies and has worked for museums and cultural institutions in Spain, Italy, Denmark, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her most recent curatorial projects are Canaletto: Painting Venice (2021), Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites (2021), (2021), The Body Observed. Magnum Photos (2019) and Masters of Japanese Photography (2016). She is currently a curator at the Holburne Museum.

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Picture credit: From the Woburn Abbey Collection