CAPRICCIO OF A COLONNADE

GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL
“CANALETTO”

1765

 

1528-1530

1. Painted by one of the Greatest Venetian Artists

Tiziono Vecello (Titian): 1488-1576

2. In the 1500's Titian painted this painting to hang in this very spot

Notice how he used the choir screen opening to frame his painting as you enter the church.

3. This painting was considered very innovative for it's time

Titian broke with tradition in the 15th century from the way The VM’s Assumption was typically portrayed.

  1. It’s sheer size
  2. Bold use of color
  3. Use of expression
  4. Use of movement

In the hotspots below, there are lot’s of photo’s of Assumption paintings by different artists in order to compare the plain style used pre-Titian.

4. See Titian's Monument and his other Painting (1 & 5 on map)

 

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INFORMATION

The canvas was very well received, so much so that when Canaletto died it was displayed in St Marks square to honor the artist’s memory during the Feast of the Ascension.

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1. WELL DRESSED MAN

Appears to be buying something from the child.

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2. WOMAN

She appears to be selling some items placed on the basket.

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3. BEGGAR WAITING FOR ALMS

Customary for noble families to give alms to the poor.

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4. DOGS IN CHAINS

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5. HUGE CREST: SYMBOL OF WEALTH

Can't identify who it belongs to.

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6. SERVANT

HANGS LARGE CLOTH/CARPET OVER THE RAIL.

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7. PERSPECTIVE

2 different perspectives in this painting. It would be impossible to see the windows from this angle if you were on ground floor.

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9.YOUNG BOY FISHING


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8. STAIRCASE & OTHER DETAILS

The scene is observed by a man who looks out from the parapet. Across the stream stands another pink building, surmounted by a large vase with an agave. Beyond the gate, made of wrought iron with crossed bands, an elegant building illuminated by sunlight can be glimpsed with great perspective precision.