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Grand Canal in Venedig

by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto

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Grand Canal in Venedig - Description

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto was one of the most famous landscape painters of Venice, known for his use of perspective and detail. Canaletto’s background as a draughtsman and printmaker are evident in his clear lines and detailed painting. His reputation as one of the finest landscape artists has made his paintings some of the most valuable and beloved paintings sold at auction. In this painting, Grand Canal in Venedig, the viewer is treated to a great show of the use of perspective. Two rows of buildings, lining the river, march to the horizon and the vanishing point. In the top left of the canvas, this line is repeated in a cloud in the blazing blue sky. The buildings are rendered in accurate detail, showing the rococo and gothic architecture prominent in Venice at the time. Cornices and scrolled ornamentation is clearly visible on the buildings. The river itself is crowded with black boats, holding colorfully-dressed people busy with their daily lives. People can be seen standing, rowing and talking. The viewer appears to be standing on a rooftop, looking down on the lively scene. The sky in this painting is one of Canaletto’s most beautiful, showing fluffy white clouds in a background of bright blue and turquoise. The sun appears to be setting to the right of the frame, as the right of the river is bathed in shadow.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Grand Canal in Venedig

Original Artist: Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
Subject: Landscapes
Style: Rococo
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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