Sharing Woburn's Treasures

During the closure, we have an active loans programme to share our treasures so they can be enjoyed by in different contexts.

Partnering with prestigious venues such as The British Museum, Hampton Court and Royal Museums Greenwich in the UK and The Getty Villa in Los Angeles, a number of important pieces of art have been exhibited.

The prolonged closure means that we are able to continue these partnerships and create new ones in order to offer more opportunities to share Woburn’s impressive art collection with a wider audience.

Exhibitions confirmed for 2022 include Canaletto’s Venice Revisited at the National Maritime Museum. Opening on 1st April 2022, the exhibition will display the complete set of twenty-four Venetian views from Woburn Abbey, painted by Canaletto for Lord John Russell, the future 4th Duke of Bedford, in the 1730s.

Canaletto’s Venice Revisited will reassess Canaletto at the height of his career, looking beyond the broad views he is famous for to also closely examine the features that bring his Venice to life. The iconic views of Venice rarely change in Canaletto’s work. It is the painstaking detail of the people, their lives, travels and even pets that lend vibrancy to his work. These details highlight how Venetian life revolved around the water that flows throughout and surrounds the city.