Canaletto and Piranesi: Italian “Vedute” and “Capricci”
March 16 through May 05, 2013
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, Italian, 1697–1768) and Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778) created real and imaginary views of Italian cities and ruins that have remained popular with collectors since their own time. The “vedute” (i.e., views) by Canaletto in this Weil Print Study show were made in his hometown of Venice. The “carceri d’invenzione” (i.e., imaginary prisons) by Piranesi in the show are “capricci,” invented images of dark, cavernous interiors with monstrous machines reminiscent of the cruel ancient Roman justice system.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778), The Pier with a Lamp, ca. 1760 (detail), etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr. in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1974.18.