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View of the Grand Canal from Palazzo Balbi to Rialto

Canaletto, View of the Grand Canal from Palazzo Balbi to Rialto, 1720-1723, Venice, Ca' Rezzonico – Museum of 18th Century Venetian Art


This work is one of Canaletto’s early masterpieces and marks the painter’s abandonment of theatre scenic design to fully devote himself to the painting of landscapes. In the solid perspective structure that frames the glimpse of the Grand Canal, it is still possible to identify the heritage of scenic design techniques: a sharp chiaroscuro and some "special-effect cuts".



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