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Minneapolis Institute of Art opens first-ever exhibition to focus on view paintings as depictions of contemporary events

This fall, the Minneapolis Institute of Art presents the first-ever exhibition to focus on view paintings as depictions of contemporary events. ?Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe? features approximately 40 paintings from the golden age of European view painting. Commissioned by rulers, princes, and ambassadors, master view painters such as Antonio Canaletto, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Bernardo Bellotto, and Francesco Guardi recorded memorable events, ranging from the spectacular Venetian carnival to an eruption of Vesuvius; in the process, they produced some of their most significant works.
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