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‘Canaletto and the Tiepolos’ Painting in 18th century Venice with Leslie Pitcher

18 May 2019
9:45 am - 2:45 pm

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In spite of Political and economic decline, painting in the 18th Century Republic of Venice was to enjoy one last remarkable flowering. Its most outstanding representatives were Canaletto and the father and son team of Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo who, in many ways, complement one another. On the one hand Canaletto was a painter of views of the city of Venice. We shall concentrate on his earliest works and others of the less-touristy parts of the city. Gianbattista Tiepolo concentrated on escapist allegorical figures and perspective effects. We shall also consider the considerable influence of Veronese and finally the somewhat sinister work of his equally gifted son Giandomenico.


Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cantab.) has a degree in Classical Literature and Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has lectured for the Arts Society, the WEA, and U3A. He has also lectured at Brompton Oratory on Religious Art. His particular interest is in the Classical tradition in art from the ancient world to the Renaissance/Baroque.

09.45 Registration

10.00 Canaletto

Canaletto’s development from sombre effects of chiaroscuro to brighter pictures giving greater emphasis to sky and water. His use of colour, his deliberate manipulation of scenic details and refusal to be mechanically ‘photographic’, and what his pictures can tell us about the Venice of his day.

11.00 Coffee and Tea

11.30 Canaletto and Giambattista Tiepolo

Canaletto’s later works including those from England and a brief look at some of his drawings. Gianbattista Tiepolo’s similar development from a darker to a lighter palette, and the influence of Veronese in his liking for remarkable perspective effects (especially in ceiling paintings) and for happy luxurious festive settings.

12.30-1.30 Lunch by Daisy’s – tea and coffee

1.30-2.30 Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo

G.B. Tiepolo’s greatest work done for the Prince Bishop’s Residence at Wurzburg and the contrasting work he and his son G.D.Tiepolo produced at the Villa Valmarana near Vicenza. Finally, a look.at the remarkable decoration G.D. Tiepolo produced for his own villa showing sinister, masked pulcinella figures.

The Stonemason’s Yard – Canaletto, National Gallery, London
Pulcinella in Love – G.D., Venice, Ca Rezzonico

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