Canaletto

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Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768) is one of the most popular of all Old Master painters. His views of Venice, Rome and London are much celebrated and admired, both for their amazing technical skill and for their almost magical ability to evoke the atmosphere of a scene. Observant and perceptive, Canaletto had the power, in the words of one of his contemporaries, to paint so that 'the eye is deceived and truly believes it is the real thing it sees'.

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Overview

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768) is one of the most popular of all Old Master painters. His views of Venice, Rome and London are much celebrated and admired, both for their amazing technical skill and for their almost magical ability to evoke the atmosphere of a scene. Observant and perceptive, Canaletto had the power, in the words of one of his contemporaries, to paint so that 'the eye is deceived and truly believes it is the real thing it sees'.

J. G. Links's magisterial study, first published in 1982, has long been acknowledged as the standard work on the subject. With sure critical judgement, meticulous scholarship, and a gift for lucid exposition, the author explores all that is known about Canaletto's life and work, at the same time vividly re-creating the society in which he lived, and relating his art to that of his predecessors, rivals and followers.

A catalogue of the first exhibition in America, opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 180 illustrations, 167 in full color, 1 map, 388 pages, 11 x 10"

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Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768), the painter extraordinaire of Venice who was known as Canaletto, is the subject of this exhibition catalog from a recent show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It brings together a wealth of paintings and drawings avidly collected in his day by the English aristocracy and, especially with regard to those assembled from the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, generally unseen before in this country. The five short essays by noted authorities succeed in capturing many of the essentials of the artist, which are easily digested by the nonspecialist. The extensive catalog following the essays contains splendid color reproductions with descriptive text on each work covered. While the book may not change significantly what is known of Canaletto, it is the record of an important American museum show and of paintings that ought to be savored by a wide audience. A welcome addition to most art book collections.-- Ellen Bates, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714838434
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,390,059
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
1 An Age of Illusion 8
2 The Theatre Renounced 20
3 Change of Course 48
4 An English Merchant 80
5 Pen and Ink 102
6 The Eye is Deceived 112
7 New Fields 120
8 A Friend in Need 148
9 London, That Spacious City 162
10 Escape from Reality 202
11 The Last Years 216
12 Epilogue 236
Chronology 248
Sources and Acknowledgements 250
List of Plates 251
Index 255
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