‘The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking Southeast, with the Campo della Carità to the Right’ (1730s), by Canaletto

The 18th-century Italian artist Canaletto didn’t tire easily of views of his hometown. Neither, it seems, did those who purchased his paintings. This view of the Grand Canal is one of 20 paintings of Venice that Canaletto produced for just one client. Many other paintings and etchings of the great city can be found within the prolific artist’s works, but Canaletto did venture beyond Italy, painting many views of London after he moved there for a few years. Canaletto was renowned and successful in his day, and not too surprisingly, is classed as an important member of the Venetian School.


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