Capriccio: A Colonnade Opening

Contributed by Barnsley Museum and Heritage Service

Capriccio: A Colonnade Opening into the Courtyard of a Palace' by Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto). Copyright BMBC.

Canaletto was the most famous of Italian viewpainters, popular with aristocrats taking the Grand Tour of Europe.This painting is on display at Cannon Hall Museum in Barnsley. It is one of the later works of Italian artist Canaletto and is a smaller copy of his presentation piece to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where he was elected as a member in the 1760s. It is loosely based on the Ca'd'Oro, the most famous fifteenth century palace in Venice. During his long career Canaletto painted many views of Venice, portraying a lively city of celebration, business and colour. The paintings were often bought by English aristocrats touring Europe and gathering artworks for their homes. The painting came to Cannon Hall Museum in Barnsley in 2003 as part of the William Harvey Bequest through the National Art Collection Fund. William Harvey was a 19th century Barnsley businessman who made his fortune in the linen industry and was a benefactor of the town. His wealth allowed him to become a collector of art and his love of art led him to encourage others towards the same.

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