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So much more than "just" Canaletto
National Gallery @
- London @
- 28/12/2010 @
The exhibition was well thought out and very interesting. Whilst there were many and enough Canaletto paintings to make the most fixated fan happy, there were also paintings by his rivals, students and contemporaries. The fact that these started as mere commercialised offerings along the lines of "I went to Venice and all I got was this painting of a view" was intriguing. The comparisons between the painters added depth. The outbreak of war that stopped the grand tour and led to teh loss of this art form, and Canaletto's move to London was new to me. It sounds as if his "benefactor" who helped him sell his paintings did not necessarily pass on all of the money as Canaletto apparently died with little in the way of funds left.