Old Masters in Print
This exhibition has now finished.
Rare etchings by Canaletto join engravings after famous paintings by Raphael, Titian and Michelangelo in an exhibition specially selected from the Beaney's collections for the Canterbury Festival. Paintings by Italian artists of the Renaissance became known primarily through engraved versions before the advent of photography in the late 19th century.
The engravings translated the colour and form of paintings into black and white lines and dots, and were made by highly skilled artist-engravers over many months and often years. Artists such as Canaletto and Rembrandt also chose to make original works as prints, for reproduction as multiples and therefore reaching a wider market.
The Beaney's print collections include a significant group given by Mr Ingram Godfrey to mark the Beaney's opening in 1899 and collected by family members living in Italy during the 18th century.
Etching by Canaletto, The Divided Plate
Etching by Canaletto