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Lifespan: 1697 - 1768
Nationality: Italian painter
Gender: male
Collection: 119 paintings

Antonio Canaletto was first and foremost known as a painter of scenes of Venice, Italy. The paintings of Canaletto were often sold to tourists or British gentlemen who enjoyed the aesthetically pleasing reminders of their travels abroad before the era of photography. In fact, Canaletto’s oil paintings became very popular in England. However, when Canaletto decided to move there to paint, he suffered a decline in popularity because it was the exotic cityscape views that gave him fame in England, not portraits of London. Several factors in Canaletto’s early life shaped him into a successful artist in this style of painting. Born in 1697, several years later Canaletto gained his first source of training by his father which would become an important skill in the composition of his own paintings. His father was a stage designer and from these experiences, Canaletto gained a high command of the perspective necessary to accurately portray architecture, monuments, and other structural subjects with accuracy. The paintings of Canaletto can often be identified based on the time of their composition. The differences between Canaletto oil paintings of his early career and then later in life are recognizable to critics due to his increased usage of painting assistants as he became older. He would die in 1768 in the same city, Venice, where he was born and spent the majority of his career that will also remain attached to all ideas of Canaletto artwork. Some of the qualities that are often identified with the oil paintings of Canaletto are the sheer scale of his work. In the early work, Canaletto paintings often featured large figures posed in the foreground of the painting. Though he came to be known as a painter of scenes of Venice, in his early career, he had not yet reached this success and his subjects were a great deal more varied with a significant use of light and darks as well as fairly loose brush strokes for the era. Some of the most famous paintings of Canaletto focus on great architectural features of Venice such as those titled: The Upper Reaches of the Grand Canal with S. Simeone Piccolo, The Rialto Bridge, Entrance to the Grand Canal, and The Bridge of Sighs. An unexpected benefit to the existing Canaletto oil paintings was profiled by National Geographic Society in 2001. Because Canaletto painted the scenes of Venice with a great accuracy of what he was actually seeing, it has become possible for engineers to find the water levels of the 18th Century and compare them to today. This process is a great benefit to helping Venetians decide the correct water level with the aid of dams to help preserve historic Venice for future generations. With discoveries such as these, people are reminded that art can even have a historical value of special significance due to the fact that like Canaletto’s Venice paintings, they may help us solve problems today and in the future.


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A Regatta On The Grand Canal 1732 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

A Regatta On The Grand Canal 1732

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A View of the Ducal Palace in Venice Paintings | Canaletto paintings

A View of the Ducal Palace in Venice

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Arrival of the French Ambassador in Venice Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Arrival of the French Ambassador in Venice

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Arrival Of The French Ambassador In Venice 1740s Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Arrival Of The French Ambassador In Venice 1740s

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Bacino di San Marco (St Marks Basin) Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Bacino di San Marco (St Marks Basin)

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Campo Santa Maria Formosa Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

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Capitol Square In Rome 1749 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capitol Square In Rome 1749

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Capriccio Ofolonade And The Courtyard Of A Palace 1765 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio Ofolonade And The Courtyard Of A Palace 1765

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Capriccio palladiano Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio palladiano

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Capriccio River Landscape With A Column A Ruined Roman Arch And Reminiscences of England Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio River Landscape With A Column A Ruined Roman Arch And Reminiscences of England

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Capriccio Ruins And Classic Buildings 1730s Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio Ruins And Classic Buildings 1730s

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Capriccio The Grand Canal With An Imaginary Rialto Bridge And Other Buildings Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio The Grand Canal With An Imaginary Rialto Bridge And Other Buildings

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Capriccio The Horses Of San Marco In The Piazzetta 1743 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio The Horses Of San Marco In The Piazzetta 1743

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Capriccio The Ponte Della Pescaria And Buildings On The Quay Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio The Ponte Della Pescaria And Buildings On The Quay

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Capriccio View With Ruins 1740 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Capriccio View With Ruins 1740

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Church Of St Antony And St Phaustina In Rome 1749 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Church Of St Antony And St Phaustina In Rome 1749

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Doge Palace 1725 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Doge Palace 1725

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Dolo On The Brenta 1720s-1742 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Dolo On The Brenta 1720s-1742

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Entrance Of The Grand Canal From The West End Of The Molo 1735 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Entrance Of The Grand Canal From The West End Of The Molo 1735

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Entrance To The Grand Canal Looking East 1725 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Entrance To The Grand Canal Looking East 1725

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Entrance To The Grand Canal Looking East 1744 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Entrance To The Grand Canal Looking East 1744

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Eton College Chapel 1754 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Eton College Chapel 1754

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Grand Canal Looking East From Theampo San Vio 1725 Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Grand Canal Looking East From Theampo San Vio 1725

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Grand Canal Looking North-East From The Palazzoorner-Spinelli Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Grand Canal Looking North-East From The Palazzoorner-Spinelli

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Grand Canal Looking South-East From Theampo Santo Sophia To The Rialto Bridge Paintings | Canaletto paintings

Grand Canal Looking South-East From Theampo Santo Sophia To The Rialto Bridge

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