Saturday, May 10, 2008


Antonio Canaletto, Basin of San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore, 1740. Oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London.

Well-to-do British tourists were flooding Venice during this time and looking for souvenirs to take home. Scenes of the Grand Canal were especially popular and these paintings usually began as plein air sketches and finished in his studio. He was known for his beautiful detail as well as expert light and shadow.

A type of naturalistic landscape and cityscape painting popular in 18th century Venice. Literally, 'view' painting. (Gardner)

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