Painting “Coliseum”, Antonio Canal (Canaletto), 1745

Painting “Coliseum”, Antonio Canal (Canaletto), 1745
Painting "Coliseum", Antonio Canal (Canaletto), 1745 - 1

  • Posted by Antonio Canaletto
  • Museum: Louvre
  • Year: 1745

Overview of the painting :

Colosseum – Antonio Canal (Canaletto). 1745. Oil on canvas

   The Venetian master of landscape painting, the founder of such a genre as a host (image of urban species), Canaletto most often wrote his city. The more valuable from time to time the views of other places and their monuments that arose in his work, including Rome.

   In this picture, with care that met the requirements of the Enlightenment, the artist captured the Coliseum – an ancient Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century, in the era of the Flavians. A huge dilapidated building occupies most of the work, being the main character in it.

   This bucket is a typical classic landscape in which the greatness of ancient architecture is extolled. With its paintings, Canaletto causes pride in the act of human hands. Such a rational approach to painting was characteristic of the 18th century, when the mind was placed above all else. Italian art historian Giulio Carlo Argan wrote that the paintings of this artist depicted “a space seen through the eyes of reason.”. But in this canvas there are such rare features of romanticism among the master, not without reason the work was created at a time when ancient ruins were perceived by many artists as something living, which is visible, for example, in the etch of a contemporary and fellow countryman Canaletto Giovanni-Battista Piranesi.

   A look at the history of the old ages as something very close was also in the spirit of the complex era of the Enlightenment. On the Coliseum depicted here, time left its mysterious imprint, and everything around, even the air, is saturated with this secret.