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Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe
May 9–July 30, 2017

From Paris to Madrid and Vienna to London, from the Doge’s Palace to St. Peter’s Square, Europe’s most iconic cityscapes and monuments have played host to magnificent ceremonies. During the golden age of view painting in the eighteenth century, princes, popes, magistrates, and ambassadors commissioned artists such as Canaletto and Panini to create depictions of important moments, ranging from a regatta on the Grand Canal to an eruption of Vesuvius. This first–ever exhibition focusing on views of historic events includes over fifty spectacular paintings–many never seen before in America–from an international array of lenders. Turning the beholder into an eyewitness on the scene, the works bring the spectacle and drama of the past to life. Curated by Peter Björn Kerber.

Traveling dates:

Minneapolis Institute of Art September 10-December 31, 2017

The Cleveland Museum of Art: February 25-May 20, 2018


Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310.440.6427 | ahood@getty.edu


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