Canaletto masterpiece to go on show in Sunderland

ON TOUR: Canaletto's Carnival Regatta in Venice, which will be on show in the city.
ON TOUR: Canaletto's Carnival Regatta in Venice, which will be on show in the city.
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ONE of the art world’s great masterpieces will go on show in Sunderland.

Canaletto’s A Regatta On The Grand Canal will be displayed at the Museum and Winter Gardens next year as part of a tour of great works owned by the National Galley in London.

Over the years, the Winter Gardens has built up a strong relationship with London’s prestigious galleries and this is the latest coup for the venue, which recently hosted the BP Portrait Award and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences tapestries.

Sunderland is one of only three cities to host the art work, painted in about 1740 by Italian artist Canaletto, depicting the annual carnival regatta in Venice.

Jo Cunningham, manager at the city centre venue, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to display A Regatta on the Grand Canal by Canaletto. This stunning painting from the National Gallery will be a fabulous attraction, bringing a national loan to a regional audience. Sunderland Museum aims to show world class exhibitions which interest and excite our visitors.

“The Canaletto painting will be shown in our art gallery alongside our panoramic river paintings depicting local Victorian ceremonial scenes.”

The Masterpiece Tour is part of a drive by the National Gallery to promote the Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible.

The Masterpiece Tour, which includes Canaletto’s masterpiece, will run at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from July 11 to September 13.