AKA Giovanni Antonio Canal
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Location of death: Venice, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Venetian painter of views
Venetian painter, born on the 18th of October 1697, was educated under his father Bernard, a scene painter of Venice, and for some time followed his father's line of art. In 1719 he went to Rome, where he employed himself chiefly in delineating ancient ruins, and particularly studied effects of light and shade, in which he became an adept. He was the first painter who made practical use of the camera lucida. On returning home he devoted his powers to views in his native city, which he painted with a clear and firm touch and the most facile mastery of color in a deep tone, introducing groups of figures with much effect. In his latter days he resided some time in England. His pictures, in their particular range, still remain unrivalled for their magnificent perspective. The National Gallery, London, has five pictures by him, notably the "View on the Grand Canal, Venice", and the "Regatta on the Grand Canal." He died on the 20th of August 1768. Bellotto (commonly named Bernardo), who is also sometimes called Canaletto (1724-1780), was his nephew and pupil, and painted with deceptive resemblance to the style of the more celebrated master.
Father: Bernardo Canal (theatrical painter, b. circa 1674, d. 1744)
Administrator: Prior, Collegio dei Pittori, Venice
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