Press Release: "Canaletto & Piranesi Etchings at Graduate Center Gallery"

From September 20 through November 16, the Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, will present Canaletto/Piranesi: Views, Real and Invented, Etchings from the Arthur Ross Foundation. The exhibition comprises all of Canaletto's prints and thirty-eight of Piranesi's Vedute di Roma ("Views of Rome"). Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 - 6 p.m. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets. For further information call 817-7394.

(The press is invited to attend the opening on Thursday, September 19, 5 to 7 pm.)

Celebrated for his painted views of Venice, Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (1697-1770), undertook some thirty etchings of his native city and its environs between 1741 and 1744. While many views document well known buildings and monuments, others combine actual sites with freely invented elements that reflect his earlier exposure to ancient Roman architecture.

Although born in Venice and trained there as an architect and engineer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) spent most of his life in Rome where his mastery of the etching medium made him one of the most influential graphic artists of the Eighteenth century. Like Canaletto's works, Piranesi's magnificent Vedute, begun around 1746 and developed over the next thirty years, contain carefully observed depictions of the city's best known ancient and modern sites, as well as images displaying brilliant flights of fancy that prefigure the Romantic sensibility.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an essay by Art Gallery Curator Diane Kelder, and informal gallery talks are offered on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,500 students in 31 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to a recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: SEP 20, 2002

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