Canaletto was one of the most important painters of his time and the most fundamental Venetian city scaper. His career was traced from the moment he moved to Rome alongside his father and brother to be a theater scenery painter. There, the young painter received the basic formation in arts. Although it was when he returned to Venice that he started his formal education in painting under the master Luca Carlevarijs. It was not long before Canaletto’s paintings surpassed his master’s, and soon he became a much more admired artist and painter.
Canaletto became quite famous within his lifetime, so commissions were coming from all over Europe. During this time, he produced an inestimable number of similar views of Venice’s most famous landmarks.
Even though Canaletto would repeat his choice of vantage point, again and again, each of his pieces is unique and has a particular detail of architecture that only a master like him would be able to capture.
In this viewpoint, for example, the observer can see the Grand Canal from the perspective of a gondola that is just entering the town. While most paintings will portray the entrance of the city, the large pillars, and the Doge’s Palace, this one focuses on a different view. The large building with a majestic dome to the left is the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, one of the most famous landmarks of the town.
Canaletto’s paintings are often populated by these small vessels and gondolas, where it’s possible to see in smallest details the daily interactions between the people. The details extend to the windows, friezes, and rooftops of the quaint buildings of Venice.
It is no accident that Canaletto became famous all across Europe, all the way up to the British isles. Plenty of English men would desire one of his characteristics portrayals of this astonishing city.
Canaletto often uses a very soft and delicate palette. We look at The Grand Canal at the Salute Church 2 at the peak of the sunlight, so low contrast and not many shadows are to be seen. The blue sky indicates marvelous weather that casts a soft golden light on the East facing side of the buildings. The water reflects some of the buildings, creating a vivid and realistic atmosphere.
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