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Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal). Saint Mark's Square in Venice around 1723 – 1724, oil on canvas, 141.5 x 204.5 cm. Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid.

Discover how paintings travel between museums during a virtual tour of the Thyssen

Get a peek behind the curtain into the loan process for one of the Thyssen's finest works


Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum

Free for Mastercard cardholders

The Experience

Learn the journey a painting takes as it moves between museums in this online video showing the loan process of Canaletto's The Piazza San Marco in Venice. You'll explore the restoration room of Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum as the artwork is prepared for transport to Vienna's Liechtenstein Museum. Join the Thyssen's head of conservation, Mar Borobia, as he describes the painting's artistic and technical details. You'll also learn how the painting is analysed, treated, and packaged before being loaned to another museum. Exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.


What's priceless


Accessing a little-seen aspect of museum work from home with fellow art lovers.


The highlights


  • Delve behind the scenes at the Thyssen
  • Examine the loan process of rare pieces of art
  • Appreciate Canaletto's The Piazza San Marco in Venice in a new light


  • Experience is valid until 1 April 2023
  • Experience provided in Spanish with English subtitles
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