The stonemason’s yard | Canaletto | 1728

The stonemason's yard | Canaletto | 1728

The stonemason's yard | Canaletto | 1728

Son of Bernardo Canal, Antonio Giovanni Canal is born in Venice. Being the son of an artist with the same lastname, later is known as “Canaletto” (in Italian, “little Canal”).

Influenced by his father, he begins to paint at an early age and achieves a medium success in his country, although later gains much more appreciation among the English tourists that traveled to Italy, so he devotes himself to this market and, even, later in his life, decides to move to London.

However, one of his best canvases is The stonemason’s yard and, given its informal and everyday nature, it is presumed that it was painted for some wealthy venetian, rather than for a foreigner visitor.

The view of the canvas is the view from San Vidal square that has temporarily transformed into a huge stonemason to repair the church San Vidal, located outside the painting. In the background, we can see Venice’s Grand Canal and the church Santa Maria della Carità. The bell tower we see in the painting collapsed in 1744 and never was rebuilt.

Canaletto’s canvas is unique, most of all, for the motif and the way is treated: rather than being an idealized and pleasant landscape (as the ones asked by the English), here the artist portraits his hometown in a realistic and natural way.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on November 10, 2010.

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