September 30, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, TRAVEL | 2 Comments |


Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697 – 1768) had perfect name for a master painter of Venice scenes but he adopted the diminutive Canaletto, which had been used to distinguish him from his scene-painter father.


His hundreds of beautifully precise and detailed pictures of the city-state of his birth, suffused with wonderful light, have attracted veiled criticism as proto-photographic (camera obscura) and lacking imagination.

CanalLagoonActually, his art exceeded that of photographs.  Try comparing any of his works re-produced here at random with some Venice photographs produced by the singular professionals at The Varnished Culture


“[T]he Venetian school…was still lively enough to provide the swan-song of Italian painting, which it did in a great apotheosis of light, colour and splendour.”*


He “exalted the beauty of its light, its palaces and canals.”*


[*Germain Bazin, Concise History of Art, p. 331.]


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