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LECTURE REVIEW: By Richard Chalmers

7th, October 2019 Lecture 7:

VENICE, CANALETTO and HIS RIVALS! Presented by - Mr. Anthony Russell, Arts Society Lecturer


Anthony Russell had an ability to engage with and impart his amazing knowledge to our audience on the historical development of a small group of 118 islands which made a spectacular rise into a Republic and major maritime power in the Mediterranean. The population of Venice overcame hard times to advance into a thriving and vibrant city with a penchant for the arts and who’s artists became particularly appealing to English Gentlemen’s Grand Tours in the early part of the 17th Century. Anthony’s knowledge of Canaletto’s works and his ability to explain what made his paintings and drawings so popular to the English, was inspiring to say the least. Although highly acclaimed and an absolute expert in his field, Anthony never let his own fame overtake that of his subject artist, Giovanni Antonio Canal. Thank you Anthony, an amazing lecture appreciated by all!



Presented by - Mr. Anthony Russell, Arts Society Lecturer

Following the National Gallery of London's exhibition of the same title, this lecture gives a heady mixture of 'superstar' painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask. Though some were little better than modern hooligans, many a grand tourist was highly sophisticated and had a lasting impact on Venice and how it is perceived today. These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his works, both in public and private hands. While these views depict a serene dreamland and have always been highly prized, Venice is now in serious trouble and needs a truly global cooperation to save it from sinking forever.

Canaletto & The Art of Venice

Canaletto & The Art of Venice

by Rosie Razzall & Lucy Whitaker

Venice The Golden Centuries

VENICE The Golden Centuries

by H.F. Ullmann

Canaletto 115 Masterpieces

Canaletto 115 Masterpieces

by Maria Tsaneva

Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes first pick.

The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.


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Michael Bennett, Catriona Custance, Lucy Griffiths,  Debra McGuigan, Dianne Nelson, Ian Veroni, Richard Chalmers Philip Bolton


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Evening lectures start promptly at 7:00 pm, please arrive by 6:45 pm

Lectures followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

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