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Culture Desk: A Museum Collection Built on Nickels and Dimes

Great art doesn't grow on museum walls. It goes on a journey: from the artist's easel through galleries and auction houses to private homes and then, much later and after considerable appreciation, into the preservative fold of museum collections. On today's culture desk, art curator Stanton Thomas looks at how one man's love of old art helped make the Brooks Museum what it is today. 

This painting by Canaletto, one of the museum's most famous works, was part of Kress' gift to the Brooks Museum.

The Grand Canal from the Campo San Vio, 1730-1735

Artist: Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) , Italian, 1697 - 1768 

Medium: Oil on canvas

Painting: 44 7/8 x 63 1/2 in. (114 x 161.3 cm)
Frame: 52 9/16 x 71 3/8 x 3 in. (133.5 x 181.3 x 7.6 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Object Number: 61.216

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Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.