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The Piazzetta

by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto

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The Piazzetta - Description

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto began his career as a stage painter. Here, he learned about the power of light, the movement of objects and the placement of white space. In this painting, The Piazzetta, all of his skills come to the fore. Two rows of buildings reach toward the river. Both are rendered in beautiful detail. The building on the left showcases gothic architecture, with its gothic spires and arched doorways. The building on the right, while shorter, showcases rows of human figures reaching to the sky. The plaza is busy, with people huddled in groups near the viewer, clumping into crowds closer to the river. Children, dogs and cats are also scampering here and there along the plaza. Several boats crowd the river: their white sails and black masts make stark contrasts with the blue sky and deep blue river. The painting, The Piazzetta, seems to go on and on, into the vanishing point in the distance. Giovanni Antonio Canaletto's largest audience was made up of Europeans on holiday, trying to take home a piece of Venice to remember. Giovanni Antonio Canaletto was an expert at capturing a moment in time, and does so beautifully here. One can almost hear the people talking, the river murmuring and the gentle breeze blowing.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: The Piazzetta

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