Canaletto-Guardi are at the heart of a superb exhibition being staged until 14th January at the Jacquemart-André Museum, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Canaletto-Guardi, the two masters of Venice invites visitors to enter the fascinating universe of the Serenissima and the 18th century.
Canaletto-Guardi: genius vedutisti
The veduta style at which both Canaletto and Guardi distinguished themselves in their own way, is a 19th century Italian art genre based on the perspective representation of urban landscapes. From his early career which began in 1723, Canaletto brought a breath of fresh air to the veduta style, excelling at this delicate art. In turn Guardi, inspired by Canaletto’s work, put forward his own approach, focusing on atmospheric effects and the amazingly realistic representation of the light of cloudy, sunny or twilight skies.
The Canaletto-Guardi exhibition which is currently being held in Paris compares the work of both men enabling visitors to capture both the similarities and the differences between their works. The layout of this highly informative exhibition provides a global approach to Vedutism, from the genre’s precursors, Van Wittel and Carlevarijs, to the capriccio style, imaginary representations of the City of Doges. Captivating!