Giovanni Antonio Canal "Canaletto"

St Mark's Square by Canaletto

St Mark's Square by Canaletto

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Giovanni Antonio Canal called Canaletto (1697-1768) found the ideal setting for his paintings in Venice. He created his first open air paintings in Rome; when he came back to Venice he began to elaborate on his so-called "Capricci", a typical Rococo concept based on a free and imaginative assembling of different elements, in a unique setting.

Canaletto is also known for his "vedutisti" paintings, closely related to more realistic representations. His favourite settings were urban centres. With regards to this, Canaletto was interested in a representation of buildings in perspective, as well as in a diffused, homogenous light, present in the whole setting of the painting.

Canaletto arranged his works after a scrupulous study of reality. The representation was set to geometrical lines, so to reproduce reality in the most accurate way. His "veduta" works always have two different perspectives offered by the canvas. To set the composition Canaletto also used a "dark room".

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