Celebrating the wonderful work of Canaletto, this exhibition features stunning paintings from Woburn Abbey, Tate, Compton Verney, and Birmingham Museums Trust – together with artworks from Worcester’s Fine Art Collection.

Canaletto revolutionised the use of colour, ground and canvas and pioneered the technique of painting from life, sitting in front of the subject outdoors as opposed to his contemporaries of the time who completed paintings in the studio.

This exhibition explores Canaletto’s work and the impact he had on the generations of artists who followed him.

It is extremely rare for this hugely significant collection to leave Woburn Abbey, and this will be the first time the paintings will be united with other examples of Canaletto’s work from Birmingham Museums and Compton Verney.

The paintings on display were commissioned in the 1730s by the fourth Duke of Bedford, and are considered the absolute best of Canaletto’s paintings of Venice.

The exhibition is being described as the most ambitious in the history of Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

This exhibition has been made possible with Art Fund support.

Please note the gallery closes at 4.30pm; last entry is at 3.30pm.

This listing is managed by the museum. Art Fund is not responsible for third party content.

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 1DT

01905 25371

Website

Opening times

Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Museums Worcestershire continues to work to ensure that our museums are safe, comfortable and enjoyable places for visitors and staff. Please find our latest visitor information here.

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in shop
For NAP holders.
Valid until December 2025

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass


Exhibitions and events at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum


Exhibitions nearby

Back to top