This proud Venetian captured some of the key sights in his own city on huge canvases in which he detailed both the stunning architecture to be found here, as well as depicting the lives of ordinary locals. The artist would set up a large studio from where he would tutor a number of talented students, many of whom would go onto develop notable careers of their own. Whilst they used similar artistic styles to his own, just as most studios would encourage, it was the master's work that remained the most respected of all. In all, he produced many hundreds of paintings during his career which was an extraordinary amount considering the level of detail that he incorporated into many of them, as well as the size of canvas that he commonly worked on.

He paints with such accuracy and cunning that the eye is deceived and truly believes it is the real thing it sees, not a painting.

G.P. Guarienti

Canaletto was part of the Rococo art movement, whose style was famously elaborate and full of creative flourishes. This Venetian would fulfil this criteria by providing bright, upbeat scenes of his local city and then appending huge numbers of figures alongside boats, animals and any other item suitable for that particular scene. He is most remembered for his gondolas and oarsmen which are fitted into the near foreground on many of his paintings, with the architectural structure of the city then dominating behind. Many other artists were inspired by his contributions to the point where they would actually take extended breaks in the city themselves too, some even travelling from as far as the United States in order to view these traditional scenes with their own eyes.

Venetian and so distinctive a painter of views that few amongst past artists, and none amongst the favorites, come close to him in intelligence, taste and truth.

Anton Maria Zanetti the Younger

Canal taught, by example the true use of the camera obscura; and to recognize the flaws usually brought to bear on a painting, when the craftsman relies completely on the perspective he views through that same camera, and on the colors - especially of the skies - without deftly removing that which could offend the senses.

Anton Maria Zanetti the Younger