Canaletto: Painting Venice with Monserrat Pis Marcos
Event date and time: 11 May, 6.30pm UK time
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The Holburne Museum in Bath will present the important series of twenty-three Canaletto paintings from Woburn Abbey commissioned by the 4th Duke of Bedford and which will be on exhibition from 16 May until 5 September 2021. The paintings will leave Woburn for the first time in 70 years and this is one of the rare occasions that any of the successive Dukes of Bedford and Trustees of the Bedford Estates have lent the set of paintings since they arrived in Britain from Canaletto in the 1730s.
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 of paintings that Canaletto ever produced, and much the largest that has remained together. The Holburne exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see these exceptional paintings at viewing height, as they normally hang three high in the setting in the Dining Room they have occupied at Woburn 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), TÚ (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