La Serenissima: Drawing in 18th century Venice  

A drawing of the Piazza San Giacomo di Rialto, a large open piazza with a neoclassical structure dominating. It has columns opening to an open section, and many people are milling around in the piazza. i Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697 – 1768), Piazza San Giacomo di Rialto, 1760 – 69, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

14 Oct 2023 – 11 Feb 2024 
Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery 

This display presents an outstanding group of around twenty Venetian drawings from The Courtauld51ݶ collection. They evoke the energy and creativity of Venice at a time when the city flourished as one of the great cultural capitals of Europe.

At the dawn of the 18th century, Venice was a magnet for visitors from across Europe, drawn by its architecture, history, and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Many of the artists featured in this exhibition produced works for an international clientele, who avidly collected images of the city, its inhabitants, and its colourful traditions. Landmarks such as St Mark51ݶ Square and the Grand Canal set the stage for Canaletto51ݶ celebrated views of the city51ݶ lively streets and waterways. Piazzetta51ݶ evocative head studies and Giambattista Tiepolo51ݶ playful caricatures depict an early modern metropolis populated by a myriad of characters of different social backgrounds, while Guardi51ݶ panoramic Feast of Ascension Day records the formal splendour and ceremony of the city known as La Serenissima – the most serene.

This display is curated by Marco Mansi, PhD candidate and Print Room Assistant at The Courtauld, under the supervision of Ketty Gottardo, Curator of Drawings.

La Serenissima: Drawing in 18th century Venice is supported by The John Browne Charitable Trust.

The programme of displays in the Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery is generously supported by the International Music and Art Foundation, with additional support from James Bartos.

Included with Gallery Entry. 

14 Oct 2023 – 11 Feb 2024 

10.00 – 18.00 (last entry 17.15)

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