|The Stonemason's Yard, National Gallery, London|
Above, the Moran gondola at the entrance to the exhibition. Photo by Rob Shelley © 2011 National Gallery of Art, WashingtonEntrance to the Grand Canal from the Molo, Venice, 1742-44
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Mrs. Barbara Hutton
Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697–1768) was known as Canaletto, was the most famous of these Venetian vedute painters. The wealthy British merchant in Venice, Joseph Smith, introduced Canaletto and his work to many British aristocrats as early as the 1720's. In 1746, Canaletto brought his skills to Britain, where he painted many famous London landscapes and buildings.
The 1746 view of Westminster Bridge hangs in the Yale Center for British ArtAbove is Canaletto's portrayal of London's St Paul's Cathedral, hanging in the Yale Center for British Art.
Canaletto returned to Venice in 1755, after painting in London and as far afield as Warwick Castle.
Above, Warwick Castle, painted for Lord Brooke (later Earl of Warwick) in 1748-49, also at the YCBA.
Canaletto, The Thames, from the Terrace of Somerset House, Looking Toward Westminster, c.1750
also Paul Mellon Collection, Yale Center for British Art
These last four paintings from the British stay of Canaletto are not part of the National Gallery exhibition, but fit well with the theme of this blog nevertheless.
To return to the exhibition Canaletto and His Rivals, we conclude with this view of the Rialto Bridge by Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), perhaps the last of the Venetian vedute painters to achieve lasting renown.
Francesco Guardi, Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge, Venice, probably c. 1780
National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection
If you can get to Washington D.C. this month, be sure to visit this excellent exhibition.
Labels: Victoria Hinshaw