View of the Grand CanalOn Display

During the eighteenth century many travelers visited Venice as part of the European Grand Tour. As Venice’s most prominent “vedute,” or ‘view’ painter, Canaletto’s paintings were among the most sought after pictorial mementos of these trips. He created more than one hundred paintings of the Grand Canal alone. The exact location of Canaletto’s view for this painting can be identified, as we know that the tall building on the left is the Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, and the first building on the right is the important Deposito del Megio (the granary).

  • Late 1720s
  • 23 3/4 x 39 1/2 in. (60.3 x 100.3 cm)
  • 1961.121
  • Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation