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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.

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