About this artwork

Previously considered to be the work of an imitator of Canaletto, the autograph status of this picture was recognised during recent restoration. It is one of many versions by Canaletto of this view of the Grand Canal looking east towards the Bacino di San Marco from the Campo San Vio (shown in the right foreground). The large building on the left is the Palazzo Corner della Ca’ Grande. The painting dates from relatively early in Canaletto’s career, probably from the second half of the 1720s.

  • title:
    The Grand Canal from the Campo San Vio, Venice
  • accession number:
    NG 17
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1728
  • measurements:
    65.00 x 83.80 cm (framed: 84.80 x 101.00 x 7.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased by the RI 1831; transferred 1859

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, was born in Venice and was the son of Bernardo Canal, a scene painter and stage designer. From around 1725 he was mainly active as a view painter, influenced perhaps by Luca Carlevaris. Apart from his work in Venice, he visited England, where he was based for most of the years 1746-1755. Following this period in London he returned to Venice but abandoned his small views of Venice in favour of larger fantasy scenes of other cities. He had a busy studio where assistants often produced versions of his designs. It is not always easy to distinguish studio repetitions and variants from the work of imitators and followers as his work was widely imitated throughout his lifetime.