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Utrecht visit KUNSTHAL KAdE to see van Wittel Retrospective

Last updated 2 years ago by Jon Wilkins

Utrecht is lucky to have the first large retrospective of  Caspar van Wittel at KUNSTHAL KAdE in his birthplace, Amersfoort.

Caspar Adriaensz. van Wittel (1653-1736), also known as Gaspare Vanvitelli, became famous and revered in his adopted homeland of Italy. During the 17th and 18th century, he painted Rome, Naples and Venice in minute detail, influencing famous Italian cityscape painters such as Canaletto and Bellotto.

 

Caspar van Wittel, Piazza Navona, 1699, © Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Van Wittel was born in Amersfoort, left around 1673 for Italy, earned a good reputation for himself there and never returned to the Netherlands. Today, the vast majority of his works are in collections in Italy, England and Spain.

In the Netherlands, there are only a few drawings and a single gouache, View of Amersfoort, which is in Museum Flehite.

With this exhibition MAESTRO VAN WITTEL – Dutch master of the Italian cityscape, Museum Flehite and Kunsthal KAdE honour this master with a major retrospective from 26 January through 5 May 2019. It puts his extensive oeuvre in the context of his Dutch learning period and his influence on the later Italian vedutisti.

Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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