“Eyewitness Views” an Exhibit Mixing Art and History at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The new exhibition “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth Century Europe” is unique. It only includes paintings that are faithful representations of the original location the painting is modeled after and the painting a contemporary historical event. Throughout this period many royalty and other upper-class patrons commissioned these paintings as remembrances of the hallmarks in their personal and professional lives. Thus, these paintings capture the drama, rituals and rare occurrences of a long-gone time.

The finely detailed paintings include well known landmarks and monuments in places like Warsaw, Paris, Rome and Venice along with many other famous, old-world locations. The artists include the likes of Bellotto, Canaletto, Guari and Panini. They are painstakingly have captured what life was like during those times and the details of the occasions of their subjects.

Tours of Eyewitness Views are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through May 6, 2018. Exhibition ticket required.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.