View of the Doge Palace in Venice, Antonio Canal (Canaletto)

View of the Doge Palace in Venice, Antonio Canal (Canaletto)
View of the Doge Palace in Venice, Antonio Canal (Canaletto) - 1

  • Posted by Antonio Canaletto
  • Museum: Louvre
  • Year: Until 1755

Overview of the painting :

View of the Doge Palace in Venice – Antonio Canal (Canaletto). Until 1755. Oil on canvas. 51×83

   In Venice of the XVIII century, the leaders, that is, images of urban species, were popular. This tradition originated in the art of 15th-century artists, Gentile Bellini and Vittor Carpaccio. But if for them both man and city were equivalent, then for the masters of the Venice leader the city becomes the main one.

   One of the best representatives of this genre is Canaletto. He loved to draw a huge space where Venice settled between the water and the sky, and often depicted a lagoon, Cathedral of San Marco, Palace of Leaves. The buildings in this picture are reflected in the water and “look” into the sky. If the other master is led, Francesco Guardi, everything is as if saturated with the moisture of canals and the near sea in canals, then Canaletto has three elements – water, land and air – equivalent. His land is not a shaky strip near the edge of the waters, architecture looks solemnly manifesting itself, and everything unites golden light pouring from heaven onto the blessed land of “Serenissima” – “Lightening”, as they call Venice.