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.
Panorama of a town beside a river
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.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 2 publications
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