Canaletto's Early Masterpiece: Building the Fantastical with the Familiar

NEW YORK | 28 JUNE 2019 - 13 SEPTEMBER 2019

Before he painted for counts and kings, Canaletto devoted himself to the stage. The artist began his career as an opera set designer, traveling the country and learning from the great Italian painters of his time while developing the mastery of perspective that would make his view paintings so remarkable. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover Canaletto's early masterpiece Architectural Capriccio with Classical Ruins, a testament to his precocious talent and distinctive ability to fuse fantastical worlds with grand, familiar architecture. Together with its pendant, it is the largest known painting by Canaletto and contains what is believed to be his only known self-portrait. Architectural Capriccio with Classical Ruins is offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Inspired by Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition, returning to the market for the first time in nearly fifty years. On view alongside Treasures From Chatsworth: The Exhibition, Inspired by Chatsworth presents a carefully curated group of exceptional artworks and objects that draw inspiration from the legendary Devonshire collection.

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