The Italian Painter, Giovanni Antonio Canal made more than one hundred paintings of the Grand Canal in Venice. All the paintings have different viewpoints, but they share a similar perspective. The paintings are all oil on canvas of various sizes. All the paintings were done around the 1730s when Venice was bustling with travellers from all over the world. The painter focuses mainly on the landscape of the canal, with buildings taking a large composition. He draws all the features of the buildings into details, including their decorative features. The activities in the canal are depicted by people with their boats in the canal.
The Venetian view painters of the 18th century made view paintings that would depict the topography of the city as records of traveller’s experiences in Venice. Canaletto’s style of art was the most notable, and he was much sought after because his paintings had a high precision for the city’s features, activities and the environment. His accuracy in depicting the canal made it easier to date his canvases correctly using records of features such as major pavement and buildings renovations.
Location of the Painting
The Grand Canal paintings by Canaletto are spread in various museums all over Europe. For example, the Grand Canal painting looking East with Santa Maria della Salutte is currently a property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another image of the Grand Canal from San Vio is currently in Museo Nacional Tyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid and other formats are also owned privately.
Who Inspired Canaletto into Painting
Canaletto’s painting career started when he worked together with his father’s occupation as a theatrical scene painter. He was later inspired by the works of Roman Vedutisa Giovanni Paolo Panini and left his father’s occupation to start painting the daily life in the city. He also improved his skills after he studied with Luca Carlevarijs, who was skilful in urban cityscapes paintings.
People he Inspired
Bernado Belloto, a student and nephew of Canaletto, was also an urban landscape painter and printmaker. The painter may have developed an interest in landscape art after working with Canaletto and his brother before he moved to France. Bernardo’s style of art was very similar to that of Canaletto and may have also used a camera obscura to achieve a better prescription of city views.