The Wallace Collection recently celebrated the return of their two largest Caneletto paintings, back from 8 months restoration at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, thanks to funding from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
View the video below to learn more about the project…
These two unusually large views are the finest paintings by Canaletto at the Wallace Collection. They were acquired by Francis Seymour Conway, the 1st Marquess of Hertford, at an unknown date. The 1st Marquess was a contemporary of Canaletto who went on the Grand Tour in 1738-39, when Canaletto was at the height of his career. These two views likely commemorate these travels.
The extensive conservation treatment of these two paintings involved first removing the old, discoloured varnish and overpaint. After this, any losses were refilled and retouched as appropriate. This was crucial as some of the old retouchings covered more of the original than was necessary, and some were incorrectly matched. Scientific analysis using x-radiography and pigment sampling was undertaken to better understand Canaletto’s working methods.
This project was made possible by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project.
With thanks to the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.