Canaletto (1697-1768), otherwise known as Giovanni Antonio Canal, was an Italian painter of the Venetian school, famous for his landscapes or vedute of Venice. He was also an important printmaker in etching. He was born in Venice as the son of a painter, and he is alleged to have inherited his drawing ability from him.
Canaletto served his apprenticeship with an artist by the name of Antonio Visentini. He was famous for his urban landscapes of Venice, and he painted many of the canals, piazzas, and churches of that city. He is also known for his scenes of the daily life of Venetians.
Canaletto’s works are notable for their accurate depiction of light and atmosphere, and he is considered to be one of the most important Italian painters of the 18th century. He was very successful in his lifetime, and he was highly sought after by wealthy patrons. His works can be found in many major museums around the world.