The next best thing to visiting Venice is gazing at one of Canaletto’s sensational paintings. Born in 1697, the artist is famed for his depictions of life in the floating city. In the 18th century, he even made money painting views of Venice for tourists – little did they know he would go on to become the greatest Venetian painter that ever lived. See some of his finest works in Canaletto & the Art of Venice (from 19 May; p. 42) at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. These particular works were bought by a young George III in 1762 and are displayed alongside paintings and works on paper by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.