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The Herald Magazine - - ARTS VISUAL -

Gath­er­ing un­der one mar­quee’d roof in the grounds of Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and Mu­seum, Glas­gow Con­tem­po­rary Art Fair opens this week­end with art for ev­ery bud­get from £50 to more than £10,000. There are es­tab­lished names as well as young grad­u­ates ex­hibit­ing, with galleries from all over Scot­land bring­ing a se­lec­tion of their artists in orig­i­nal works and prints, as well as unique pieces from the Scot­tish Fur­ni­ture Mak­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. There are chances to meet some of the artists, with many new pieces com­mis­sioned for the fair.

Glas­gow Con­tem­po­rary Art Fair, Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and Mu­seum, Glas­gow, www.gcaf.co.uk, to­day 10am-5.30pm, to­mor­row 10am-5pm, adults £4, chil­dren free

part­ner­ship took root. There are paint­ings and draw­ings from his time in Padua, where he was en­cour­aged to go by Smith dur­ing the War of Aus­trian Suc­ces­sion (1740-48) when few Grand Tourists got to Venice, and works in­clud­ing his large-scale paint­ings de­pict­ing the en­tire length of the Grand Canal, with su­perb tech­ni­cal prow­ess in use of light and de­tail.

Along­side these are works by his fel­low Vene­tian con­tem­po­raries, flesh­ing out the views of Venice and its art in the 18th cen­tury.

Artists in­clude Marco Ricci, who, like Canaletto, was em­ployed in the­atri­cal and op­er­atic stage set­ting dur­ing the Vene­tian car­ni­val, and Gio­vanni Bat­tista Pi­azzetta, who drew char­ac­ter draw­ings of Vene­tians.

There are hugely de­tailed views of Venice, full of fas­ci­nat­ing de­tail which, as Whi­taker points out, were in many ways works of the imag­i­na­tion as well as of the eye, for Canaletto of­ten took lib­er­ties with per­spec­tive and re­al­ity, not least in his “capric­cios”.

“Peo­ple still think he just painted what he saw, and yet all the time he ma­nip­u­lated his per­spec­tive, had two views in one paint­ing if it helped, re­moved build­ings. Some­times he’d straighten out the curves of the canal to show more of the view. He took re­al­ity and cre­ated a work of art.

“Peo­ple say he is not imag­i­na­tive, but in his capric­cios his imag­i­na­tion is there. None of his works are pro­saic – he worked both with su­perb tech­ni­cal skill and with his mind.”

Canaletto and the Art of Venice, The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holy­rood­house, Canon­gate, The Royal Mile, Ed­in­burgh, 0303 123 7306, www.royalcollection.org.uk, un­til 21 Oc­to­ber, daily, 9.30am-6pm (last ad­mis­sion 5pm), adult £7.20, con­ces­sions avail­able

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