Cathedral of San Giovanni e Paolo and Piazza San Marco, Antonio Canal

Cathedral of San Giovanni e Paolo and Piazza San Marco, Antonio Canal
Cathedral of San Giovanni e Paolo and Piazza San Marco, Antonio Canal - 1

  • Posted by Antonio Canaletto
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: Around 1725

Overview of the painting :

Cathedral of San Giovanni e Paolo and San Marco Square – Antonio Canal (Canaletto). Around 1725. Oil on canvas. 125×165

   Two artists named Canaletto – Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768) are represented in the Dresden Gallery, which belongs to the painting “San Giovanni e Paolo Cathedral and San Marco Square” and his nephew Bernardo Bellotto. Both of them became famous in one genre – the leaders (from the Italian “veduta” – “view”), especially popular in Venice in the 18th century and representing a picture, drawing or engraving with a detailed image of the everyday city landscape.

   The picture presented depicts one of the largest and most famous cathedrals in Venice. Accuracy and detail in the paintings of the master are combined with amazing poeticity. This is noticeable in itself, but it becomes striking when comparing its works with modern photographs of the same monuments. The artist’s works for subsequent generations of spectators have become a kind of documentary evidence of the appearance and condition of the city.