Porta Portello, Padua
Canaletto - circa 1741-1742
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Canaletto’s ability to combine beauty of paint surface with precise factual detail (often achieved with the aid of a ‘camera obscura’) made him the most successful ‘vedute’ painter of his generation. His canvases were eagerly sought after by wealthy patrons in several European countries. Joseph Smith, the British Consul in Venice bought a large number of the artist’s works which were later acquired by the British monarchy. Unlike most of his Venetian scenes depicting famous landmarks along the Grand Canal, this view is of a customs building in the countryside west of Venice.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1741-1742
Artist age:Approximately 45 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 62 cm (24.41 in.), Width: 109 cm (42.91 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member Irene on 13 September 2012.
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