Despite their importance, the Wallace Collection’s impressive group of twenty eight, eighteenth-century Venetian view paintings by Canaletto and his followers have long been a neglected part of the collection. The majority have not been cleaned since they entered the collection in the nineteenth century. As a result, their original beauty is obscured by extremely dirty, yellow varnish.
In order to address this, the Venetian Views Conservation Project was launched in 2017, in collaboration with the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge. Its aim is to undertake the most up-to-date technical and scholarly research into each of these captivating paintings, and to clean and restore each picture to its original splendour.
View a video detailing the conservation of our two largest Canaletto’s
We would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support of this project so far:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project
Charles Hayward Foundation
At present, eleven paintings still need conservation treatment, for which we are still fundraising. If you would like to support this exciting project, please contact email@example.com