Canaletto (Temporis Collection) by Octave Uzanne

By Octave Uzanne

Giovanni Antonio Canal, often referred to as Canaletto (1697-1768) was once initiated to portray and point of view by means of his father who was once himself a painter. whereas artwork fans of his time introduced again from their travels his work because the proofs in their travels in Italy, Canaletto turned the genuine incarnation of the Serenissima. via his means of combining various views, he was once a real precursor as he stuffed his canvases with quite a few info to judge the distances and used the optical chamber within the framing of his portray. because of the precision and the tones of his colors, the work of Canaletto provide today's viewer the main appealing panoramas and endure witness to at least one of an important figures in paintings historical past.

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They made slow progress, with nothing regular but their pleasure and the nightly stop. Every one of them was a musician: one played the violoncello, three others the violin, another played the guitar and another a hunting horn. Goldoni compiled even the most minor incidents along the route in a journal he wrote in verse. And every evening, after their meal, he recited his poetry. Then, the improvised orchestra set up on the deck and residents applauded as the boat passed by. In Cremona, they gave them a great ovation and offered a banquet to this joyous band.

A pile of silver plates came along with it. Each of us pounced on a piece, afterwards washed it down with a small cup of coffee and finally returned home at midnight for dinner, with a clear head and a hollow stomach”. That is what Venetians, whom the inhabitants of Florence describe as grossolani (uncouth), were like. As far as our traveller was concerned, he appreciated the Canary and Burgundy wines of Marshal Schulembourg and the feasts where ambassadors pampered him, especially one from Naples, “the most frank of fools one could ever see, a really honest man, unaffected and good company”.

Wasn’t this city instead as Musset Private Collection. described it, “the poor old woman from the Lido”? 31. Venice: Piazza San Marco with the Basilica All of its energy seemed to have burned itself out. A kind of languor paralysed any effort. The and Campanile, c. 1725. silent palaces seemed to be abandoned and were deteriorating. 8 cm. population. Instead of harbouring flags from every country as in times past, the Giudecca Canal The Royal Collection, London. qxp 10/04/2008 4:06 PM Page 58 was almost empty, waiting for fleets that were never going to return.

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