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Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768)
Canaletto was a Venetian artist famous for his landscapes or vedute of Venice. A large collection of Canalettos is owned by the British Monarchy.
Grand Canal
Feast Day of St Roch
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Piazza San Marco
Entrance to the Grand Canal
Looking South-West
Bacino di San Marco


Bacino di San Marco (St Mark's Basin)
Oil on canvas, 125 x 204 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This is one of Canaletto's most famous works and would be considered a masterpiece for its complexity and dimensions alone. Here Canaletto started to "dilate" space as if he were viewing it through a wide-angled lens. He obtained the panoramic effect by lowering the line of the horizon, something he was to repeat during his stay in England. Over half the canvas is taken up by the sky. This helps to increase the sense of solemn spectacle that the painting engenders.
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