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Outside to Piazza San Marco

by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto

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Outside to Piazza San Marco - Description

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto started his career at a young age, painting scenes for the theater. He later apprenticed with Luca Carlevaris, a painter of urban landscapes, and quickly became his teacher’s equal. Giovanni Antonio Canaletto’s work is beloved for his attention to detail and local pageantry, and his use of color and light. In a famous quote, a buyer is told to consider purchasing a work by Canaletto, as it is like the work of Carlevaris, “but you can see the sun shining in it.” In this painting, Outside to Piazza San Marco, the viewer is placed right in the middle of the action: In the busy river, teeming with boats. The detail is exquisite, as the clothes of the boatmen are rendered in great detail and with lively color. Boaters in the left of the canvas work their oars in unison, while boaters on the right pull their rowboat to a larger vessel with their hands. The water ripples with light and dark blue, and the shadows beneath the boats deepen to a darker turquoise. The buildings on the distant shore are similarly detailed, with tile work, cornices, spires and window shutters all outlined. To the left of the canvas, a steeple reaches to the sky. Smaller statues on the surrounding buildings echo this vertical shape, giving the piece balance and structure. This lively, active painting, Outside to Piazza San Marco, allows the viewer to feel a part of life as it was in Venice in the 1700s.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Outside to Piazza San Marco

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