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Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Film, Thu 18 Jan 2018, £13-£16.50


Civic and Cramphorn Theatres

01245 606505


Fairfield Road,

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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive
journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter.
No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better
known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died,
the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy, but in Britain as part of the
Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith,
British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s latest release will grant unique access to the Royal Collection’s
exceptional holdings of Canaletto's work, much of which is on display as part of the exhibition
Canaletto & the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery (19 May - 12 November). The remarkable group of
over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of
Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers
the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - to
learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.
From London, Canaletto & the Art of Venice will travel to the great Italian city to explore the origins of
Canaletto’s art. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto's skill came from
his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened up vistas to create the perfect
composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful
imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The 'capriccio' combined real and
fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist -
he is a master storyteller.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by
their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the
Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal
Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a
wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that
inspired him.

Working with top international museums and galleries, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN create films
which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the
world's leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN have
released 16 films which have been shown in over 50 countries worldwide.

For further information and details of screenings, visit

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 18 Jan 2018 20:00



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Map reference: TL 703071  Lat: 51.73672 Long: 0.46496

By Road:
The Civic and Cramphorn Theatres are situated in Fairfield Road in the heart of Chelmsford's West End. Both venues are only a short walk from the train station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chelmsford station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing