Canaletto and the Art of Venice at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Series 1 - Episode 1 Canaletto and the Art of Venice at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

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Review

At first I wasn’t sure about the approach in ITV’s impressive return to covering fine art. Tim Marlow introduces a film about Canaletto, but after that there’s no presenter, just curators opining alongside loving shots of the paintings. It’s a leisurely, immersive sort of approach but once you get on the wavelength it works beautifully.

It’s all sumptuously filmed and as well as giving an insight into the life of Canaletto and the window he offers onto 18th-century Venice, we also learn how it was that so many of his works ended up here in Britain.

Summary

Tim Marlow charts the life and work of the world's most celebrated artists, with insights into their private lives and where they lived, plus he explores their formative relationships through private letters. He begins by focusing on the work of Venice's famous view-painter Canaletto, demonstrating how his art was influenced by the great Italian city. Marlow also steps inside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to reveal how the world's largest Canaletto collection made its home in Britain.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tim Marlow
Director David Bickerstaff
Producer Phil Grabsky
Documentary Arts