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12:00 AM 28th June 2024

Conservation Work To Be Carried Out On Massive Canaletto Painting In The Bowes Museum's Picture Galleries For Visitors To Watch

Image supplied by The Bowes Museum
Image supplied by The Bowes Museum
On Monday, 1st and Tuesday, 2nd July people will be able to see conservation work in action on one of The Bowes Museum's largest and most loved paintings in the picture galleries.

Regatta on the Grand Canal by Giovanni Antonio Canal, who was known affectionately as "Canaletto", is almost two metres high and more than two and a half metres long and needs some work to reinforce its frame, cushion the canvas from movement and protect it.

Five specially trained members of staff will carefully and gently lift the 296 year old oil painting from its space on the walls so an expert conservator can carry out some work to the back of the painting in its magnificent 18th century frame.

This work will take place in the 2nd floor picture galleries of the Museum in Barnard Castle.

The Bowes Museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

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