Two Views Of Venice: Canaletto And Menpes

Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938)
St. Mark’s Piazza
Etching and drypoint on laid paper
7-7/8” x 11-7/8”
Courtesy the Arthur Ross Foundation, New York

September 20-November 1, 2001

Organized by the Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, and co-curated by Rosemary T. Smith and Frederick G. Schab, Two Views of Venice illustrates elements of continuity and change between the mid-18th century and the late 19th century through the prints of Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto (1697–1768), and Mortimer Menpes (1855–1938). Drawn primarily from the collection of the Arthur Ross Foundation, with additional materials from the private collection of Rosemary T. Smith, this exhibition provides the unique opportunity to view the most complete set of Canaletto’s etchings of Venice in a private collection, 31 in total. Combining these spectacular examples of printmaking with the work of the lesser-known Menpes is a lesson in the art of printmaking and also changing artistic expectations and public taste.