• CANALETTO, Antonio
        (1697-1768)


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      • Canaletto. Name adopted by Giovanni Antonio Canal(e)   Italian painter of the Venetian school. Trained by his father and by Pannini in Rome, Canaletto became the painter of Venice, its canals, the Rialto, the Riva dei Schiavoni, the Salute. His pictures were sold to tourists, including Englishmen on the Grand Tour, with whom he became so popular that he placed most of his business through Joseph Smith, later British consul in Venice. In 1746 Canaletto was in London, and for the next 10 or so years he painted English scenes, but he appears to have been less in demand when he came to this market than he was in Venice. Canaletto gives his studies of buildings, sky and water a shimmering effect and the rapid, stylized drawings of small figures in landscapes and town scenes were to influence artists and illustrators in every part of Europe to the present day.

        The Royal Collection contain much of his best work, both of the Venetian and the English period.


      • Source: The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists (World of Art)

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