Canaletto’s masterpiece A Regatta on the Grand Canal is on display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 11 July to 13 September as part of a tour from the National Gallery.
Canaletto was an 18th century artist famous for his detailed paintings of landscapes and cityscapes. Born in Venice in 1697 as Giovanni Antonio Canal, he was the son of theatrical scene painter.
The painting depicts the annual carnival regatta in Venice, showing a one-oared light gondola race, with many figures wearing traditional ‘bauta’ costume of white mask and black cape.
Get into the Canaletto spirit and paint your own Venetian masks, costumes and headdresses create a model gondola for a mini regatta and help create a giant frieze of A Regatta on the River Wear.
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