Monday, January 01, 2007

Italian who showed London in a good light

A new show of Canaletto's [Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768), better known as Canaletto]English paintings reveals the artist's fascination for a city in constant flux, writes Martin Gayford in The Telegraph

On June 3, 1747 an engraving was published in London. It showed, as a contemporary advertisement put it, "A Most beautiful view of the City of London, taken through one of the Centers of the Arches of the New Bridge at Westminster".

The painting on which the print was based is indeed a remarkable one. It puts you, the viewer, on the Thames in the mid-18th century.

'Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist Abroad 1746-1755' is at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21 (020 8693 5254), from Jan 24 until Apr 15

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