Large channel: northeast view of the Rialto bridge, Canaletto

Large channel: northeast view of the Rialto bridge, Canaletto
Large channel: northeast view of the Rialto bridge, Canaletto - 1

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

Overview of the painting :

Large channel: view of the northeast on the Rialto – Antonio Canal (Canaletto) bridge. Around 1725. Oil on canvas. 146×234

   A curious fact: the behavior of the lagoon, important for predicting the future of Venice, the city on the water, was investigated by scientists with the involvement of… paintings by Canaletto (1697-1768). The picture presented is one of those. The artist wrote a large channel repeatedly, especially often in the 1720s. The angle on all these canvases practically does not change: on the left is Palazzo Papadopoli, the house of the Kuccin family, which in another perspective is presented in Veronese’s painting “The Madonna of the Kuccin Family”, “decorations” are always different. But here’s what is remarkable: the point from which the view of the Grand Canal opens is quite high. It seems that the artist writes while on the bridge, but he is not in this place. The conclusion suggests itself that Canaletto wrote a lot from memory and, in particular, thought out the promising appearance of his landscapes. This assumption will be even more convincing if we recall many of his paintings in the genre of capriccio, that is, written completely “from the head”, on which all species that seem real are fictitious.

   In this picture, the Grand Canal looks everyday: life is in full swing, many people are busy with their own boats. A completely different mood image of the same place will be written a decade later. The “Regatta on the Grand Canal”, stored in the Royal Assembly of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, illustrates one of the main holidays of Venice. It has a lot of boats, many participants and spectators, a riot of colors and the same accuracy in the transfer of architectural details.