The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 17, 2017

Two major works by Canaletto to lead Sotheby's Old Masters Evening Sale in London
Canaletto, A View of the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. Oil on canvas, in carved and gilt wood frame, 46.5 by 77.1 cm; 18¼ by 30¼ in. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- On 4 December 2013, Sotheby’s London will present two of the most important works by Canaletto to come to the market in recent times. Painted between 1738 and 1742, at the height of the artist’s career, these majestic canvases depict two of the most celebrated of Canaletto’s Venetian subjects: the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square. Coming from HSBC’s Corporate Art Collection, the two works will be offered as a pair in the Old Master Paintings Evening Sale, with an estimate of £8-12 million.

Alex Bell, Joint International Head and Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Department, commented: “Canaletto was one of the rare artists of his time to have an international reputation. He was an unrivalled source of inspiration to his peers and his works were sought after by the greatest European collectors. Almost three centuries later, his universal appeal endures, and today his oeuvre is appreciated by an ever growing audience. Asian and Russian collectors, in particular, have shown strong interest in Italian view paintings in recent sales, and we will therefore be exhibiting these exceptional Canalettos not only in Europe and the US, but also in Moscow and Hong Kong.”

Giovanni Antonio Canal, commonly known as Canaletto (1697-1768) was considered the finest view painter of his time. Thanks to his unique skill in capturing natural light and atmospheric effects, Canaletto’s evocative depictions of his native Venice were especially in demand among British noblemen visiting Venice on the Grand Tour, keen to take home impressive souvenirs of their experience.

The rare and outstanding works to go under the hammer in December are likely to have been an English Grand Tourist commission. Their provenance goes back to the second half of the 18th century when they entered the collection of the self-made banker John Furnell Tuffen, a man of high intellect who travelled widely on the continent. At his sale in 1818 they were bought by William Lygon, 2nd Earl Beauchamp, in whose family they remained for the next five generations until sold in 1939. The Earls of Beauchamp resided at Madresfield Court in Worcestershire - one of the most romantic houses in Great Britain and the inspiration for Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead. The works remained in private collections from 1939 until Safra Republic Holding bought them at auction in 1997. Safra Republic Holding was later purchased by HSBC in 1999.

These two spectacular canvases are supreme examples of a very interesting phase within Canaletto’s production. From the late 1730s until circa 1742, the undisputed master of the Veduta became very influenced by his own nephew and precocious pupil, Bernardo Bellotto – a relationship well-documented by the exhibition “Canaletto and His Rivals” organised by the National Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington in 2010 and 2011. During this period, the warm sunshine so characteristic of Canaletto’s early maturity gave way to a cool, clear light, bringing with it clarity and precision. The exceptional state of preservation of these two Venetian views emphasises the translucence and subtlety of Canaletto’s highly refined output at this moment of his career.

These most remarkable works date from just after, and are the same size (46.5 by 77.1 cm; 18¼ by 30¼ in.) as, the so-called “Harvey series” of twenty views of Venice that, along with the series from the early 1730s at Woburn Abbey, constitute perhaps the peak of Canaletto’s achievements. These two paintings have also the same dimensions as, and were painted within a year or two of, the picture formerly in the Wrightsman Collection, acquired by The J. Paul Getty Museum earlier this year**.

Given the strong interest in Canaletto’s view paintings around the world, the two works will be showcased on an international tour, travelling to cities including Hong Kong, Moscow, New York and London.

Today's News

October 3, 2013

"Ming: Emperors, artists and Merchants in Ancient China" opens at De Nieuwe Kerk

Activist shareholder Dan Loeb says Sotheby's needs 'restoration', new chief executive

Christie's New York to offer Andy Warhol's Coca-Cola: The icon of American Pop Art

Two major works by Canaletto to lead Sotheby's Old Masters Evening Sale in London

Caravaggio's "Boy Bitten by a Lizard" from the National Gallery to go on show in Holland

Late Scottish artist John Bellany gifted one of his finest paintings to the National Galleries of Scotland

National Portrait Gallery acquires portrait of Britain's wealthiest woman and early feminist

Bass Museum of Art receives $7.5 million for expansion celebrating 50th anniversary

London Asian Art Week this November: Beautiful and rare works announced at Christie's

"Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy" by Caravaggio on loan to Detroit Institute of Arts

"Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art" opens at the British Museum

Getty exhibition explores the use of the window throughout the history of photography

'Pop-up' specialist tribal art gathering returns to Gallery 28, Cork Street, in Mayfair

New Orleans Museum of Art announces Mel Buchanan as new RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts

Dream of the Soft Look: Jason Bard Yarmosky's new solo exhibition opens at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery

Christie's announces 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Sale

Immersive and interactive installation by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima on view at Lisson Gallery

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents first museum survey of painter Amy Sillman

Wadsworth Atheneum appoints Oliver Tostmann as new Curator of European Art

Marc Labarbe discovers a rare painting from the sixteenth century

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- A petition decries 'suggestive' painting at New York's Met

2.- Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450 million is headed to Louvre Abu Dhabi: Official

3.- Desperately seeking this Frida Kahlo painting. Last seen in Poland

4.- Lubaina Himid becomes oldest winner of United Kingdom's Turner Prize

5.- Two Gustav Klimt masterpieces on loan to the National Gallery of Canada

6.- Frick makes its most significant painting purchase in nearly 30 years

7.- Met Opera suspends Levine after sex abuse allegations

8.- Louvre launches appeal to acquire King François I's Book of Hours

9.- Smart-Guard, a new way to pack, ship and store fine art

10.- Save Venice Inc. restores Titian's Madonna di Ca' Pesaro

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful