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Kimbell gets Bonington canal painting

Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum has made its second acquisition of the year, an oil skech of Venice by Richard Parkes Bonington, and though it can’t top this year’s other acquisition, Michelangelo’s Torment of St. Anthony, it is one of only eight such sketches in the world. The view, looking along the Grand Canal towards the Rialto was one of the greatest hits of 19th century venetian tourist painting, and served as the basis for an 1826 painting now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Patrick Noon, the leading authority on Bonington, will lecture on the new acquisition next April 30 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Kimbell’s Friday evening lecture series.

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