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).
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- Titles View of the Grand Canal (Proper)
- Artist Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, Italy, Venice 1697-1768 Venice
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 23 3/4 x 39 1/2 in. (60.3 x 100.3 cm) frame: 32 1/4 × 48 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (81.9 × 122.6 × 8.9 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.121
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Provenance Private Collection, England [see note 1]; with Julius Böhler, Munich, by 1931 [see note 2]; with Böhler and Steinmeyr, Lucerne, 1931 [see note 3]. With Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi (1878-1955), Florence; purchased by Samuel H. Kress, New York, July 17, 1950; on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1951; gift of the Kress Foundation to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1961
1. Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. Italian Schools XVI-XVIII Century (London: Phaidon Press, 1973), p. 160 and W. G. Constable and J.G. Links. Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697-1768. 2nd ed. revised by J.G. Links, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989) 2: p. 310.
2. Julius Böhler, Ausstellung Altvenezianischer Malerei (Munich: F. Bruckmann AG, 1931), p. 3. Exhibited in "Venetian Painting" at Böhler, Lucerne, 1931, no. 12.