|Artist||Antonio Visentini after Canaletto|
|Published||Joannem Baptistam Pasquali, Venice c. 1742|
|Dimensions||Image 255 x 415 mm, Plate 275 x 430 mm, Sheet 355 x 505 mm|
Plate 8 from 'Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores ex Antonii Canal'. The plate shows the Rialto Bridge from the East. In the foreground are gondolas on the water.
'Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores ex Antonii Canal' was a series of engravings originally commissioned by Consul Joseph Smith, based on the incredibly popular paintings by Canaletto of Venice. The engravings were first published in 1742 and then re-issued in 1751, 1754 and 1773. It was so successful it was even reprinted in the 19th century.
Giovanni Antonio Canal, known colloquially as Canaletto (1697 - 1768) was an Italian painter and printmaker. Canaletto is celebrated as the master of Venetian vedute, being one of the most popular artists for British aristocrats on the Grand Tour. Canaletto's major inspiration were the Roman vedute and capricci of Giovanni Paolo Pannini. Although best known for his paintings, Canaletto also produced a number of etchings, including a series of 30 plates of Venice and its surrounds. The interest in Canaletto's work in Britain was great, spurred by the collections of various British nobles, and especially by George III, who amassed a significant number for the Royal Collection. As a result, prints of Canaletto's vedute were in high demand.
Antonio Visentini (1688 – 1782) was an Italian architectural designer, painter and engraver, known for his architectural fantasies and capricci. Born in Venice, Visentini is best known as the engraver for Canaletto's first great series of Venetian vedute published under the title 'Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores ex Antonii Canal', organised by British resident Joseph Smith (1682–1770). The series was begun around 1728 and by the time it was completed in the 1740's, thirty-eight etchings and engravings had been printed.
Condition: Water stain to top right corner, not affecting image, some toning and foxing to sheet, minor tears to bottom margin.