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15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice

With a contemporary response by Jenny Saville

Discover how the splendour of Venice and its shimmering light influenced artists, resulting in compelling portraits, atmospheric landscapes of exceptional beauty and sensuous figure studies.

Venetian art has long been associated with brilliant colours and free brushstrokes, but drawing has largely been written out of its history. This ground breaking exhibition, in collaboration with the Uffizi in Florence, is based on new research. It traces the role of drawing in Venice and its importance over three centuries, dispelling the myth that Venetian artists, including their greatest painter, Titian, had no interest in drawing.

This is the first major exhibition of Venetian drawings in the UK and it includes over 100 magnificent works from the Uffizi, the Ashmolean, and Christ Church, Oxford, by artists such as Titian, Tintoretto and Canaletto.

In a parallel exhibition, Jenny Saville Drawing, one of the UKs most celebrated contemporary artists, Jenny Saville, has produced new work on paper and canvas in response to the powerful qualities of Venetian drawing.

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Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 15 October 2015 to 10 January 2016

Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays

  We are closed on Mondays

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Photography is not permitted in this exhibition. Follow this link for Press Information and Press Images.