Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Favourites from Phaidon.com: Selling out on Venice

Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, looking West, with Santa Maria della Salute (about 1729)


Each week in honour of #PhaidonFriday I pick one of my favourite features from the Phaidon.com Agenda.  Today it's Alastair Smart's article Selling out La Serenissima: has Venice been lost to the ad men?.

Far away from the beautiful scenes found in the National Gallery's recent exhibition- Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals- the centre of Venice is now at risk of being covered, dome to gondola, in advertising all the name of funding the restoration of the sinking city.  But don't just take my word for it, read the article here.

Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals finished at the beginning of this week but you can see what you missed if you didn't get a chance to go in the gallery accompanying Alastair Smart's article on Phaidon.com

Image Phaidon.com, courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection, gift of Sarah Campbell Blaffer.
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