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Park Hyatt New York
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The Lanesborough, London
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Sheraton 2020
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
London Model Apartment
London Model Apartment

VISTO curated and procured 70 public area pieces to give a sense of place to the world’s largest Ritz-Carlton, designed to bring Venice’s canals to Abu Dhabi. Through a mix of art depicting Venice since the Golden Age and Middle Eastern architecture and decorative arts, we selected pieces that told the hotel’s dual story of the great traditions of the Mediterranean and Arabian coasts.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 
 

From antique, detailed representations of the falcon, the Emirati national bird, to early color photography of the Piazza San Marco from the turn of the twentieth century, the collection is anchored in the great traditions and cultures of Abu Dhabi and Venice.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 

The centerpiece in the collection is three-meter long print of the iconic bird’s-eye view of Venice by Jacopo de’ Barbari from 1500. This woodcut set the standard for precision of technique and representation of a city, detailing all the buildings of Venice.

 
 
 
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 

The artwork is the principle device for the hotel to explain its story linking Venice and Abu Dhabi to its guests.

 
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 

Most of the collection’s artwork was originally created to be sold to travelers. These representations were mementos in the pre-photographic era.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images
 
 
 

19th-century watercolors of antique carpets and Canaletto engravings of Venetian architecture both show the long fascination with Italian and Arabian cultures from people around the world.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Visto Images