Warwick Castle Celebration of the Arts and Welcomes Back two of the Canaletto Paintings for November
Written by Clay on November 5, 2013
Warwick Castle welcomes back its old treasures and will display two world famous paintings by the infamous artist Canaletto which have been kindly lent by Birmingham University for the month. The artwork is now on public display to be viewed by visitors and the two original paintings by Venetian 18th-century master Canaletto. This will be the first time in over 60 years that Warwick Castle will house the two 250 year old paintings.
Commissioned by 1st Earl of Warwick Castle, the East Front by Canaletto, painted is an example of a landscape painting which demonstrates the technique of oil on canvas. Canaletto was paid £58 by the Earl of Warwick for the first two paintings of the South front of the Castle in 1748 Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick Castle grew up with a Canaletto painting of Venice, later adding 5 works of the Castle by the artist.
The paintings are far from formal, with the subjects relaxing in the grounds of the Castle, along with the addition of the town houses in the image to embrace the town with its Castle.
The paintings were commissioned for the purpose of display in London as a way of early marketing the delights of the magnificent historic building and were later returned to the Castle for the enjoyment of Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick who inherited Warwick Castle and the title of Baron Brooke from his father in 1727.
One of the guests to enjoy the paintings would be Mick Jagger who spent the Christmas of 1969 at the Castle, The Castle history team have a photograph of Mick resting next to the Canaletto, clearly ‘at home with his art’.
The Canaletto Paintings were then sold only months before the castle its self was sold; as a final attempt by the Greville Family to hold onto this national treasure.
Your Chance to View
Geoff Spooner General Manager at Warwick Castle said: “Canaletto visited Warwick twice and to mark the return for one month of his two masterpieces, for the first time in Warwick Castle’s 1000 years of history, are dedicating a whole month to local artists and photographers who draw, paint, photograph and sculpt pieces inspired by the Castle.”
For your chance to view the paintings in their historic home, visit the castle during November for the month-long celebration of the arts, alongside viewing a selection of contemporary art on display from local artists who have been inspired by Warwick Castle visit the website for details http://www.warwick-castle.com/
Children will have the opportunity to test their creativity through drawing, painting, sculpting and building their own creations inspired by the surroundings of Warwick Castle. The grounds will feature a special ‘spot the difference’ trail, where visitors can compare for themselves the changes at Warwick Castle since the mid-eighteenth century. Enlarged copies of the paintings will be positioned in the exact viewpoints that inspired Canaletto.
There is also a new addition to the experience at the Caste for guests looking to discover the hidden secrets of the glorious state rooms with the addition of the new multimedia guides. Our reporting team had the opportunity to try them out and they are user friendly, interactive and fun.
The guides will walk you through the State Rooms, showing and discussing the artefacts and objects on display as well as highlighting key events in the Castle’s 1000 year history.
The grounds will also contain a special ‘spot the difference’ trail, where visitors can compare for themselves the changes at Warwick Castle since the mid-eighteenth century. Enlarged copies of the paintings will be positioned in the exact viewpoints that inspired Canaletto.
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Reported By Liane Kate on the 4th November 2013 @lianekate