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Canaletto’s Venice Revisited at the National Maritime Museum

Until 25 September 2022

Don’t miss the major exhibition Canaletto’s Venice Revisited, now open at the National maritime Museum, displaying the complete set of 24 Venetian views painted by Canaletto in the 1730s. The works, from the world famous collection at Woburn Abbey, form the largest single commission the Italian artist ever received.

Canaletto’s Venice Revisited reassesses Canaletto at the height of his career, looking beyond the broad views he is famous for to also closely examine the features that bring his Venice to life.

While as charming as ever, Venice today is facing many challenges: the city is fragile and built on wooden pillars, floodings have become more frequent because of rising sea levels, and the city is facing a steep population decline and increased mass tourism.

The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to support five events within the framework of this exhibition that will address all these issues and more:


The Rialto Project 

Wednesday 4 May, 6.30pm–8pm

Learn about an ambitious project to transform the Rialto market with urban historian Professor Donatella Calabi (IUAV Architecture University of Venice).

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Welcome Venice Film Screening + Q&A with Andrea Segre 

Wednesday 13 July, 6:30pm–8:30pm

See tradition and tourism clash in Welcome Venice, a family drama exploring how Venetian identity is changing in the 21st century. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Andrea Segre, the film’s director.

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The Water Culture of Venice 

Monday 18 July, 6.30pm–8pm

Learn about the technology, social history and cultural dimensions of water with Professor David Gentilcore (Ca’Foscari University of Venice).

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The Guide to Anthropocene Venice

Wednesday 31 August, 6.30pm–8pm

Discover the impact of human activity on the Venetian lagoon with Luca Cosentino, publisher of The Guide to Anthropocene Venice – a guidebook unlike any other.

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Campo Santa Maria Formosa

September [Date TBC], 6:30pm–8pm

Explore the history and culture of one of Venice’s most fascinating squares with Professor Shaul Bassi (Ca’Foscari University of Venice).

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