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Type Member events
National Maritime Museum → Ground floor → Lecture Theatre
Date and Times Wednesday 20 April | 6.30pm-7.30pm
Prices Free | Members only

We are excited to welcome researcher Dario Camuffo of the Institute of Atmospheric Science and Climate in Padua to Royal Museums Greenwich to share his incredible research. 

Dario Camuffo's team have discovered that Canaletto's paintings can be used to reconstruct the past and inform climate change research. Canaletto needed a quick and easy way to sketch his scenes, so he used a camera obscura and a wide array of tools to trace the outlines of the buildings he painted onto canvas. Camuffo argues that this makes Canaletto's paintings almost as accurate as a photograph. 

During this lecture Dario Camuffo will share discoveries his team have made, which will be invaluable in helping to decide how best to protect Venice and its heritage from the rising tides moving forward. 

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A painting of the Grand Canal in Venice by Canaletto. Gondolas dominate the foreground, with palaces and buildings lining the canal

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