To celebrate #Canaletto ’s birthday this week, we are looking back at several exceptional examples of his work sold by #Dickinson . Born Giovanni Antonio #Canal , Canaletto was the most celebrated painter of views of #Venice in the 18th century. Famed for his precisely depicted, accurate and evocative #vedute , Canaletto influenced a generation of artists including Francesco #Guardi , Michele #Marieschi and his nephew Bernardo #Bellotto . Inspired by the Roman #vedutista Giovanni Paolo #Panini , Canaletto began recording the daily life of Venice during his apprenticeship with his father Bernardo Canal. In the decade 1746-56 he worked in #England , capturing scenic views of #London and achieving fame and fortune, largely thanks to the British Consul in Venice Joseph Smith, whose magnificent collection of paintings by Canaletto was sold to King George III in 1762. After his return to Venice, Canaletto was elected to the #Venetian Academy in 1763 and appointed prior of the Collegio dei Pittori. He continued to paint until his death in 1768. If you are in #London , be sure to visit ‘Canaletto & the Art of Venice’ at the #Queen ’s Gallery until the 12th of November.
‘Old Somerset House from the River Thames’; ‘Westminster Bridge’; and ‘SS. Giovanni e Paolo and the Scuola di San Marco, ‘The Grand Canal: From Santa Maria della Carita to the Bacino de San Marco’, ‘The Grand Canal: Looking North from near the Rialto Bridge’ from The Stefano Conti Comission: A Set of Four Views of Venice;