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Canaletto

ISBN is 0714831700 / 9780714831701
Published by Phaidon Press 1994
Condition: Very Good+Edition: Second
Category: SKU: 518

Description

Canaletto Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768), known as Canaletto, is one of the most popular of all old master painters. His views of Venice and London are much celebrated and admired. First published in 1982, this revised book traces Canaletto’s career from his beginnings as a scene-painter with his father to the work of his later years in artists. Canaletto was interested in depicting the world around him, but unlike most of his fellow artists, but he was more than a mere recorder of the amazing scenery of Venice or of Georgian England. He had the power, in the words of one of his contemporaries, to paint so that “the eye is deceived and truly believes it is the real thing it sees”, and his insight and technical skills were so dazzling that it was thought he must rely on some sort of optical apparatus. His first views of Venice were painted around 1725 for Stefano Conti of Lucca. Soon after he came into contact with Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice, who was to become his most important patron. Through Smith’s influence, he came to England between about 1746 and 1756 during which time he painted many London scenes including views of Westminster Bridge, Whitehall, the Old Horse Guards, St James’s Park and Somerset House as well as views of Warwick Castle and Eton College. These and many others of Canaletto’s best paintings and watercolours are reproduced in the book’s much expanded range of colour illustrations.

Additional information

Book Author

J.G. Links

Publisher

Phaidon Press

Published

1994

Edition

Second

ISBN 10

0714831700

ISBN 13

9780714831701

Language

English

Condition

Very Good+

Format

Hardcover

  • Grey Cloth Boards
  • Dust Jacket
  • Coloured & B/W Pl.
  • Dust Jacket Slightly Thumbed
  • Very Good in Condition