Sunday, January 07, 2007

Canaletto in Edinburgh

There is an exhibition of his works in The Queens Gallery at Holyrood. I managed to see it on the last day. All the works were collected or commissioned by Joseph Smith the British Consol in Venice. Who sounds like an amazing man. His palazzo being a centre for the arts and patronage in the 18th Century.

The picture above is from the National Gallery not the Royal Collections but I had a fantastic time. Able to go within an inch of the pictures and see the amazing detailing. Washing on the roofs! Canaletto was a native of Venice and it seems that his pictures are imbued with the total love he had for his own city.

It was wonderful and inspiring and I want to visit Venice at once.

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