Canaletto’s Vedute Prints
An Exhibition in Honor of Adolph Weil, Jr.
January 10 through March 08, 2015
Eighteenth-century Venice was a society in transition. Beginning as a great mercantile power and gateway for the trade routes to the Orient, “La Serenissima” declined as commerce and industry shifted to the West Atlantic. Instead, she was slowly transformed into a center of culture and entertainment, a mecca for tourists from North of the Alps.
Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697–1768), now called Canaletto, was a chief recorder of this venerated but ageing city, creating both paintings and prints that document its architecture, its waterside setting on the Lagoon, and its topography.
At some time between 1744 and 1746, Canaletto published Vedute Altre prese da i Luoghi Altre ideate (Views, Some Taken from Places, Others Invented), a group of 36 etchings that documented the ideal Venice of the Grand Tour. This exhibition from the collections of the MMFA and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College is being presented to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Adolph Weil, Jr. (February 8, 1915–December 11, 1995). The works on exhibition are all gifts to the institutions from the collection of Mr. Weil, the founding patron for the MMFA’s collection of Old Master prints.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
The Children of Jean and Bucks Weil and Winifred and Charles A. Stakely and Alatrust.
Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts