Canaletto (1697–1768) A Regatta on the Grand Canal about 1740 The National Gallery, London © The National Gallery, London.

Canaletto’s masterpiece and one of the world’s most famous paintings ‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’ will go on view to the public at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from Saturday 11 July to Sunday 13 September.

The renowned painting is visiting the North East from the National Gallery as part of a tour of some of the collections most important works.

The city centre venue is one of only three in Britain being entrusted with the exquisite Canaletto painting, which dates back to the 1740s.

Depicting a gondola race during an annual carnival in Venice, the highly detailed painting is held as one of the finest works by the artist. Canaletto, full name Giovanni Antonio Canal, was a Venetian born artist who found great success selling his detailed paintings of major events to tourists.

The exhibition of A Regatta on the Grand Canal at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, from Saturday 11 July to Sunday 13 September, is part of the Masterpieces Tour by important works from the National Gallery Collection.

Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, says: “The National Gallery was created for the benefit of the British public, but it must be acknowledged that a number of visitors may find it difficult to come to London. We hope that the tour of this great Canaletto masterpiece will reach people who have never visited their national collection or haven’t done so for ages, and we hope that many of those whom we do reach then feel inspired to visit or revisit. We are delighted to include these three venues in the Masterpiece Tour 2015 and look forward to seeing the different ways in which this much-loved painting will be displayed in each setting.”

The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. This opportunity to bring hugely popular National Gallery paintings to the public’s doorstep is being made possible by the generous support of Christie’s.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens have a series of guided tours and events planned allowing everyone a chance to gain a full insight into Canaletto and his works.

Find out more about the exhibtion.

Find out more about guided tours.

Find out the answer to the question 'Who was Canaletto?'.

Bring your children along to a craft day inspired by the Canaletto's ‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’ in 'Venetian Masks'.

Find out more about the National Gallery.

Find out more about the National Gallerery's Masterpiece Tour.

Image is: Canaletto (1697–1768) A Regatta on the Grand Canal about 1740 Oil on canvas 122.1 x 182.8 cm The National Gallery, London © The National Gallery, London.

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