Venice inspired a school of competitive "view painters" whose achievements are among the most brilliant in 18th-century art. The exhibition will celebrate the rich variety of these Venetian views, known asvedute, through 20 masterworks by Canaletto (1697–1768) and some 40 by his rivals, including Francesco Guardi, Bernardo Bellotto, and Michele Marieschi. Responding to an art market fueled largely by the British Grand Tour, these gifted painters depicted the famous vistas and remote corners of Venice in different moods and seasons.
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