Canaletto at the Abbazia San Gregorio

2 Dec 2013 | My Venice

After 270 years and for just 50 days Canaletto will be back where he painted one of his best known works “L’entrata nel Canal Grande e la Basilica della Salute” (Entrance to the Grand Canal and the Basilica of the Salute).
This masterpiece from the great landscape artist is returning to the very place from which it was conceived and painted, the enchanting loggia where, using his camera obscura Canaletto traced the lines of the buildings that he brought to this famous canvas between 1740 and 1745. Buildings of unparalleled architectural magnificence including The Basilica of the Salute – a Baroque wonder of white marble created by Longhena as an offering for the city once yet another outbreak of plague had been banished from the city (Salute means health in Italian). Further on we see the Magazzini del Sale and the Punta della Dogana while on the other side of the Grand Canal rise the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) and the Riva degli Schiavoni.
The experience of entering this magnificent, austere place and feeling the silence in which generations of Benedictine monks prayed over almost seven centuries is, if possible, even more powerful by night. This is possible because the painting will be on display 24 hours a day to allow visitors to savour the painting for a full hour alone or with a few friends. A maximum of 8 visitors will be admitted each hour and advance booking is required and can be done online at

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