National Museum Wales Acquires Important Venetian Painting

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CARDIFF.- Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has purchased an important painting by the 18th century Italian artist Francesco Guardi. View of the Palazzo Loredan dell’Ambasciatore on the Grand Canal, Venice (oil on panel, 24.3 x 35.5cm) was bought with the Art Fund´s help. This significant work, accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government and allocated to Amgueddfa Cymru, is an important addition to the Museum’s outstanding 18th century collections. It supplements several other depictions of Venice by artists such as Canaletto, Monet, Sickert and Whistler. Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: “We’re very pleased to have given £20,000 to National Museum Wales to help buy this significant Venetian painting. Art Fund members have supported the Museum to make some major acquisitions in recent