Works by Canaletto at Sotheby's
- 21LotCanalettovenice, a view of the grand canal looking south from the palazzo foscari and palazzo moro-lin towards the church of santa maria della carità, with numerous gondolas and bargesLot Sold 2,557,000 GBP2,500,000 – 3,500,000 GBP8 July 2015 Sale Price 2,557,000 GBPOld Master & British Paintings Evening Sale8 July 2015 | 7:00 PM BST | London
- 50LotCanalettovenice, a view of the grand canal looking east from the campo di san vio, to the left the palazzo correrLot Sold 3,010,000 USD1,500,000 – 2,000,000 USD27 January 2016 Sale Price 3,010,000 USDThe Collection of A. Alfred Taubman: Old Masters27 January 2016 | 6:00 PM EST | New York
- 114LotCanalettovenice; view of the grand canal with the rialto bridge, seen from the north, the fondaco dei tedeschi at left, the palazzo dei camerlenghi and the fabbriche vecchie di rialto at rightLot Sold 2,169,000 USD800,000 – 1,200,000 USD25 January 2008 Sale Price 2,169,000 USDImportant Old Master Paintings Including European Works of Art24–25 January 2008 | 10:00 AM EST | New York
- 214LotCanalettovenice, the grand canal looking north-east from the chiesa degli scalzi to the cannaregio, with the campanile of san geremiaLot Sold 473,000 GBP80,000 – 120,000 GBP9 July 2015 Sale Price 473,000 GBPOld Master & British Paintings Day Sale9 July 2015 | 10:30 AM BST | London
- 248LotCanalettoa view of vaprio, on the left and canonica, on the right looking north-west from the west bank of the adda, near the brembo confluence;a view of canonica, on the left and vaprio, on the right looking south from the monasterolo on the west bank of the addaLot Sold 278,500 GBP80,000 – 120,000 GBP4 July 2013 Sale Price 278,500 GBPL130344 July 2013 | 10:30 AM BST | London
Giovanni Antonio Canal, popularly known as Canaletto, was born in 1697 in Venice, but resided in England for a large portion of his life. His father, Bernardo Canal, was a scene painter, and he trained Canaletto from a young age. His earliest paintings are mostly carefully composed, but freely painted, studies of older artists such as Van Wittel and Luca Carlevaris. He soon realized, however, that paintings of famous sites and vistas, often mass-produced, were popular and easily sold to tourists for better prices than copies of old masterpieces. After this realization, he developed a method of streamlining production, which included hiring and training a number of studio assistants, and selling large numbers of Venetian cityscape paintings to travellers visiting his native city.
His acclaim as a painter among English tourists specifically led to his introduction to the famous collector, and later British consul to Venice, Joseph Smith. This acquaintance resulted in Canaletto ultimately relocating to England. Although his career in England began as promising, the 1741 War of Austrian Succession made travel perilous, and the tourist market decreased significantly. Canaletto’s commercial success fell into steep decline, one that he would never fully recover from. Notwithstanding politically prompted career tribulations, and despite previous failed attempts, the artist was elected to the Venetian Academy in 1765.
Canaletto’s consistent and highly aesthetic style have made him popular amongst eighteenth century collectors and critics, and examples of his work can be found in such prestigious collections as the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery, London.