Baroque and Rococo


Baroque and Rococo Art Map





(b Venice, 17 Oct 1697; d Venice, 10 April 1768).

Italian painter, etcher and draughtsman. He was the most distinguished Italian view painter of the 18th century. Apart from ten years spent in England he lived in Venice, and his fame rests above all on his views (vedute) of that city; some of these are purely topographical, others include festivals or ceremonial events. He also painted imaginary views (capriccios), although the demarcation between the real and the invented is never quite clearcut: his imaginary views often include realistically depicted elements, though in unexpected surroundings, and in a sense even his Venetian vedute are imaginary. He never merely re-created reality. He was highly successful with the English, helped in this by the British connoisseur JOSEPH SMITH, whose own large collection of Canaletto’s works was sold to King George III in 1762. The British Royal Collection has the largest group of his paintings and drawings.



The Piazzetta towards S. Giorgio Maggiore

c. 1724
Oil on canvas
Royal Collection, Windsor



Oil on canvas, 131 x 93 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice


Rio dei Mendicanti

Oil on canvas, 143 x 200 cm
Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice


Grand Canal, Looking Northeast from Palazo Balbi toward the Rialto Bridge

Oil on canvas, 144 x 207 cm
Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice


Grand Canal, Looking East from the Campo San Vio

Oil on canvas, 140,5 x 204,5 cm
Thyssen Bornemisza Collection, Madrid


The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge in the Background

Oil on canvas, 146 x 234 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden


The Grand Canal near the Ponte di Rialto

Oil on canvas, 90,5 x 134,6 cm
Private collection


Riva degli Schiavoni - west side

Oil on canvas, 46 x 62,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


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