Canaletto-Guardi are the subject of a joint exhibition, being staged at the Jacquemart-André Museum until 14th January. Canaletto-Guardi, the two masters of Venice, provides visitors with a converging approach to the work of the two 18th century painters, famous for their representations of the city-on-the-sea.
Canaletto-Guardi: almost fifty works on display
This highly informative Canaletto-Guardi exhibition is divided into six sections. The first looks back at the origins of the veduta genre – this very realistic pictorial art, based on the precise representation of perspectives and topographic details – and the early career of Canaletto, influenced by his illustrious predecessors.
The exhibition continues with a side-by-side comparison of works by Canaletto-Guardi, who began his career a few years later, to highlight their similarities as well as their differences. Venetian squares and canals are painted in amazing detail and with a remarkable representation of the light at different times of the day.
The third section is devoted to the triumph of Guardi and his most emblematic works. The visitor is then invited to reflect on works evoking the allure of the lagoon, Venetian festivals and ceremonies and the capricci, fascinating imaginary views of the city.