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An image of An imaginary view of Padua by Canaletto

Canaletto

(Italy 17 Oct 1697 – 10 Apr 1768)

Title
An imaginary view of Padua
Other titles:
Panorama of a town beside a river
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
2/3
Dimensions

30.0 x 43.1 cm platemark; 30.4 x 43.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l., [incised plate] "A. Canal...". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1937
Accession number
6427
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the early 1740s Canaletto gave up painting almost entirely and devoted himself to drawing and etching. He probably made his first etching around 1735, and worked in the medium until 1745. Canaletto's prints depict actual Venetian views and imaginary landscapes ('capricci'), but sometimes they are a synthesis of the two traditions, as in the etching displayed here.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 9. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 6, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (3)

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006