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 old master painters. His views of Venice and London are widely 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.

Canaletto was not merely a recorder of the amazing scenery of Venice or Georgian England; he was interested in depicting the world around him. Unlike most of his fellow artists, he possessed 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.” His insight and technical skills were so dazzling that some speculated he must rely on some sort of optical apparatus.

His first views of Venice, painted around 1725 for Stefano Conti of Lucca, marked the beginning of his remarkable career. Soon after, he came into contact with Joseph Smith, the British Consul in Venice, who became his most important patron. Between about 1746 and 1756, influenced by Smith, Canaletto traveled to England. During this time, he painted many London scenes, including views of Westminster Bridge, Whitehall, the Old Horse Guards, St James’s Park, Somerset House, as well as views of Warwick Castle and Eton College.

This revised edition includes a much-expanded range of color illustrations showcasing many of Canaletto’s best paintings and watercolors, allowing readers to appreciate the depth and variety of his work.

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