The spectacle painting above is what clutched my attention as we went to the National Gallery on Monday from our Encounter in Humanities class. These past few days have been nothing, but life-changing experiences for me. Getting hands-on experiences while learning the material is beyond my imagination, but FEA study abroad made it possible. The title of the painting is the Stonemason’s Yard by Canaletto.
Canaletto was born in 1697 in Venice. His full name is Giovanni Antonio Canal. So, Canaletto is just a nickname by which we know him. His father was a scene painter and that is how he got inspired and got trained with his dad as well as other painters around that time. Very quickly he begins to eclipse all the other painters and by 1720 he was the most celebrated painter in Venice. After that, he was an incredibly well-known painter.
The Stonemason’s Yard is known as Camo S. Vidal and Santa Maria Della Carita is an oil canvas painting. The painting measurement is 123.8 by 162.9 centimeters which have the height and width of 48.7 in x 64.1 in. The scene of the painting was taken place in Venice on the Grand Canal. The strip of water on the painting above is the Grand Canal, but it does not look particularly grand. Across the painting, there is the Church of Santa Maria Della Carita. So, it is in the heart of Venice with an amazing view. The building on the far left was demolished to make way for a garden. It is quite a different scene compared to the other paintings from the artist. This painting has so many details of how ordinary daily life that is depicted.
Despite there were thousands of good paintings in the National Gallery, yet this one above caught my attention. This above painting tells the story of how 1700 life in Venice would be like. The one that is worth seeing only in the National Gallery, London. If you are visiting London, I highly recommend seeing it live.